Why vote yes?
One in four Oregonians is insured through the Oregon Health Plan or private insurance offered through the Oregon Marketplace. Voting yes on Measure 101 will protect that insurance.
If Measure 101 passes, last year’s HB 2391 will go into effect, charging insurance companies, hospitals and managed care organizations a fee that will generate between $210 million and $320 million, meeting Oregon’s 6 percent goal to qualify for federal matching funds of 94 percent. Those matching funds will bring in an added $630 million to $960 million to the state. In addition, insurance companies may not increase premiums more than 1.5 percent to offset the fees.
These kinds of provider assessments are used in 49 states to obtain federal support for health care.
Asante, Providence and more than 140 other organizations support Measure 101, as do Rep. Pam Marsh and Sen. Alan DeBoer.
Walden betrays us
Over 50 years ago, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., said, "A time comes when silence is betrayal." (In his speech, Dr. King attributed this aphorism to an organization known as Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam.)
Over the past year, Rep. Greg Walden has watched in unfathomable silence as our incompetent, sexist, racist, dishonest and frankly unhinged president has caused incalculable harm to our democratic institutions and our international reputation. In so doing, Walden has betrayed not only his constituents but also virtually all other men, women and children in this country except the so-called "1 percent."
My fondest hope for 2018 is that he, and every other Republican member of Congress who remains silent, kowtows to corporate donors and heaps praise on an unfit president without regard to integrity, morality and common sense is voted out of office in November. My New Year's resolution is to do everything possible to make that happen.
Missed the bus
Took San Francisco Bay Area BART to SFO and then a United flight to Medford, arriving at 2:30 p.m.
Online, I researched RVTD bus No. 61, which departs the Medford airport at 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., with the bus stop adjacent to the arrivals exit. Waited 90 minutes, leaning on the RVTD sign pole, but missed two buses, at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
How is that possible?
I suggest we need a sign on the RVTD pole that reads:
No. 61 Northbound or No. 61 Table Rock or No. 61 Arrival Only.
I will give RVTD $200 to help others with a sign.