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Council asked to back single-payer health plan

Written May 24th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

As if it didn’t have enough on its plate, the Albany City Council has been asked to get involved in the drive by many Democrats in Salem and Washington for single-payer health insurance. It may do so by considering a resolution on June 10.


Budget message: You can check it out

Written May 8th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Budget meetings aren’t anybody’s idea of a good time. But Tuesday’s session in the Albany council chamber was interesting, mainly for the long and extraordinarily detailed message delivered by City Manager Peter Troedsson.


Forget ‘exchange;’ what about health?

Written March 21st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Governor Kitzhaber says he’s angry about the all the mistakes by state officials that resulted in the Cover Oregon health insurance website or “exchange” still not working properly. But that trouble is about insurance and bureaucracy, two words that are almost synonymous. And it is small and temporary compared to what’s likely to happen with […]


“Accountable” how?

Written October 31st, 2013 by Hasso Hering

It’s bad enough that our top officials keep screwing up. Why do they have to cheapen the English language as well? If they don’t know the implications of words like “accountable” and “responsible,” they should not use them. The Obama administration had three years and spent uncounted millions of dollars to get ready for the […]


Those Obamacare ads: “Huh?”

Written September 16th, 2013 by

Many Americans are reported to be unaware of exactly how Obamacare is supposed to work when it kicks in next year. It’s hard to see how Oregon’s publicity campaign is improving things on that front. “Long Live Oregonians,” the billboards are telling people. Come again? You mean like, “Long live the king”? What is that […]


 
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