The Oregon House has approved a plan to expand state health coverage to an additional 80,000 uninsured children and 35,000 low-income adults.
The measure calls for raising taxes on hospital revenues and establishing a tax on health insurance premiums to pay for the expansion.
Democratic lawmakers and Governor Ted Kulongoski said the measure provides a way to expand health coverage at a time when the economy is struggling.
Republicans opposed the bill, saying the taxes will raise health care costs for businesses, and make it tougher for some to provide health benefits for their workers.
The measure is now headed to the Senate.
Following his enlisted tour, he worked as an investigator for Retail Credit Company (now known as Equifax Corporation) while attending San Francisco State College at night on the GI Bill. Upon receiving his degree in business administration he applied for Naval Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in 1962. He has lived in the Pacific Northwest since he retired from the Navy in 1978.
James Marquis Ennes, Jr., a survivor of the 1967 attack by Israel on the American intelligence ship USS Liberty and one of the creators of The USS Liberty Memorial Web Site, is an American citizen and a retired career US Naval Officer. He was born in New Jersey in 1933 and was raised in New York, Texas, Illinois, Washington State and California.
While Portland may be ahead of the curve in taking on the challenge of climate change, there's still a lot of work to be done.
Portland was one of the first American cities to take climate change seriously. In 2007, Portland was the only large metro area in the U.S. that actually reduced its carbon emissions below 1990 levels. But that doesn't mean we can just rest on our laurels. If this region is to succeed in radically reducing our carbon footprint, there’s a lot more work to be done. This morning Portland Mayor Sam Adams joins Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein to unveil Portland's new Climate Action Plan.
Joe Uris is alone today, and covers several topics of interest. First up, Joe talked about the proposed (and potentially devastating) natural gas pipeline thru our farms and wilderness. He also covered the recent murder of Dr. Tiller, a Women's Health Professional. He talked about the right wing's smear campaign against Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.
One of this week's topics for discussion was the recent murder ofDr. Tiller, a Women's Health Professional that provided abortions when they were needed. The idea that killing health care providers could be considered a form of domestic terrorism came up, and apparently really angered one of our listeners. Someone called in, identified himself as "Joe", and threatened to kill Joe Uris for bringing the topic to the table.
The threat and obscenity did not go out over the air, as the FCC would not allow that, but it is included here to foster discussion.
America means freedom, and nothing says freedom more than the freedom of health care... A major health care lobby gives us reasons to be against single-payer universal health care and for the profit-driven system that we have now.