This post is for all my Oregonian readers who are jumping right out of their skins over the blatant ‘vote-buying’ that Ron Wyden is perpetrating in hopes of saving his senate seat. Think about all the time, energy, and money Americans have spent trying to stop the 2,700 page Obamacare, and now we find out that Wyden has put in his own personal parachute with an amendment he added allowing states to opt out of certain sections of Obamacare. Just for comparison’s sake, the original bill that created the Federal Reserve Mafia System was only 31 pages long and look at how much damage they have done in 97 years. (Currency devalued 96%.)
So, in both the Healthy Americans Act and in the current health reform law, I included a provision that would allow states to gain an exemption from certain federal requirements — such as the individual mandate, the employer penalty and the exact standards for designing the exchanges, subsidies and basic health insurance policies — if they could find a way to do a better job of covering their state’s citizens. And I have been working to help states, like my home state of Oregon, take advantage of this option and hopefully move-up the date when states can start applying for waivers.(Ed’s note: emphasis mine) The reason for this — as the legislators in my state will attest — is that it’s a lot less cost effective for states to implement their own approaches in 2017 if they also have to pay to implement the federally mandated approach in 2014. For those who claim this position represents a retreat from the health reform law, they are mistaken. I have been advocating virtually non-stop for states to have the right to go their own way, including during the Senate Finance Committee’s mark-up up last fall when I got the provision included in the Senate bill. My letter to the state of Oregon last week was a continuation of my effort to promote state innovation in health care.
Sounds pretty fence-sitting and spineless to me; just like the rest of the pigs at the trough in the District of Criminals.
The Oregon Democrat breaks ranks with the White House.
One little-known provision of the bill allows states to opt out of the “requirement that individuals purchase health insurance,” Mr. Wyden wrote, and “Because you and I believe that the heart of real health reform is affordability and not mandates, I wanted to bring this feature of Section 1332 to the attention of you and the legislature.”
Now, that’s news. One of the Democratic Party’s leading experts on health care wants his state to dump the individual mandate that is among ObamaCare’s core features. The U-turn is especially notable because Mr. Wyden once championed an individual mandate in the bill he sponsored with Utah Republican Bob Bennett. We have differences with Wyden-Bennett, but it was far better than ObamaCare and would have changed incentives by offering more choices to individuals and spurring competition among providers and insurers.
The GOP challenger, Jim Huffman released a statement concerning Wyden’s race to save his seat.
Friday, 03 September 2010 12:11 Oregonians need a senator who stands up for them all the time, not just in the months before an election”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 3, 2010
PORTLAND– Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Jim Huffman made the following statement in response to Sen. Ron Wyden’s letter to Oregon Health Authority director Bruce Goldberg. Wyden is now encouraging the state to seek a waiver from certain ObamaCare rules.
“Ron Wyden claims that he stands up for Oregon, but when he was the deciding vote on the Obamacare legislation he was standing up for his party – not for Oregonians. Now Ron Wyden is trying to backtrack by offering a carve-out for Oregon that would not be effective until 2017 – long after the legislation is already in effect. It’s easy to see that Ron Wyden is posturing during an election year, trying to cover up for 30 years of ineffectiveness in the U.S. Congress. Oregonians need a senator who stands up for them all the time, not just in the months before an election.”
Contact: John Vinson
Jim Huffman is Oregon’s Republican nominee for U.S. Senate. He has taught constitutional law at Lewis & Clark Law School where he also served as dean for 13 years. Huffman lives in SW Portland with his wife, Leslie, and their 3 school-aged children.
Remember, all races are national this election cycle. To learn more about Jim Huffman and/or donate to his campaign, go here.
For your viewing pleasure, Steve Forbes endorsing Jim Huffman.