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America’s Sickly Health Insurance System

I’m beginning to wonder whether anyone in Washington or in the media has the slightest clue what insurance is? Here is a standard dictionary definition of the term: “Insurance — A promise of compensation for specific potential future losses in exchange for a periodic payment. Insurance is designed to protect the financial well-being of an individual, company or other entity in the case of unexpected loss.”

05/08/2017
"Oregon Set To Say Goodbye To Its Doomed Health Care Exchange"
"Oregon is saying goodbye to the terminally ill Cover Oregon, after millions in wasted taxpayer money, FBI investigations, lawsuits and political fallout that will be felt for years to come."
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Oregon Set To Say Goodbye To Its Doomed Health Care Exchange

In 2011, with bipartisan support from both Democrats and Republicans, Cover Oregon was ushered in as the vanguard of the state based healthcare exchanges encouraged by the Affordable Care Act. Instead of resisting the Obamacare mandate, the Oregon legislature doubled down on Obamacare, with the encouragement of our Democrat Governor, former ER doctor John Kitzhaber. Despite innumerable warnings from grassroots activists that the project was doomed to failure, most Republicans in the legislature were persuaded to go along. Now, Oregon is saying goodbye to the terminally ill Cover Oregon, after millions in wasted taxpayer money, FBI investigations, lawsuits and political fallout that will be felt for years to come.

04/25/2014
Troubled Cover Oregon Obamacare Exchange Feeds Personal Info To Strangers
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Troubled Cover Oregon Obamacare Exchange Feeds Personal Info To Strangers

Cover Oregon, the bi-partisan state health care exchange set up under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), is facing more trouble.

11/29/2013
As Democrats Distance Themselves From Obamacare, The Real Costs Are Hitting Home
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As Democrats Distance Themselves From Obamacare, The Real Costs Are Hitting Home

October has not been kind to Obamacare. The first of the month was the date under the law when we were to see the exchanges in place, and when we were supposed to be able to see all the savings created by the law. And yes, all of this was going to happen under the promise that if you liked your doctor and your health plan, you could keep them.

10/28/2013
BREAKING: Waste, Fraud, Abuse Uncovered In State Health Program
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Issue Analysis

BREAKING: Waste, Fraud, Abuse Uncovered In State Health Program

Every once in a while, the paper of record here in Oregon comes up with an interesting article that puts the hood up on our state government and gives it a going over. Granted, a regular maintenance plan should include far more frequent tune ups and oil changes, but when they remember to look at that little sticker in the corner of their windshield, they can be very diligent when they finally get in to the mechanic.

07/17/2012
Great Piece on Insurance Debate in Florida
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Great Piece on Insurance Debate in Florida

Check out this great piece from FreedomWorks Chief Economist Dr. Wayne Brough that examines Florida's precarious property insurance situation and in particular takes issue with Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty's assessment of the situation - it originally ran on April 15th in Insurance Journal and you can read it HERE.

04/16/2010
Everyday 14,000 Americans Lose Their Coverage, Really?
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Everyday 14,000 Americans Lose Their Coverage, Really?

On September 9, 2009 Barack Obama gave a speech on health care before a Joint Session of Congress in which he said that “every day, 14,000 Americans lose their coverage.”  In an email to its members on August 27, 2009 promoting vigils for those who can’t afford health insurance, MoveOn cited the same statistic of 14,000 people losing their coverage every day.  From where did this figure come and is it accurate?  MoveOn cites a study done by the Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank, in February of 2009 as the source of the statistic.

09/25/2009
New Video Highlights FreedomWorks' Protest of Big Insurance
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New Video Highlights FreedomWorks' Protest of Big Insurance

Watch this new video of FreedomWorks protesting with MoveOn.org against the big insurance lobbying group America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).

09/24/2009
The Sources of Insurance (Issue Analysis Number 126)
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The Sources of Insurance (Issue Analysis Number 126)

Download a .pdf version of the full study complete with footnotes and graphs by clicking here! Executive Summary

07/08/2009
Putting Florida's Insurance on a Safer Course
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Putting Florida's Insurance on a Safer Course

With the hurricane season now underway, Florida’s insurance market is teetering on the brink of insolvency due to changes in insurance laws that have seen the nation’s large insurers leave the state, including State Farm, Allstate, Nationwide, USAA and others. Now, the state-run Citizens Insurance Property Corporation has moved from “insurer of last resort” to “insurer of first resort,” the largest insurer in the state with the riskiest portfolio. Should a major hurricane hit, or even a series of smaller hurricanes, the potential liabilities Citizens faces threaten the state’s finances and raise the specter of new costs for consumers, who will be assessed new “surcharges” on their insurance policies—including not just homeowners insurance, but automobile and other insurance polices as well.

06/18/2009

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