A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

The champions of bureaucracy

Written June 8th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

If anybody wanted to award first prize for bureaucracy, the federal government and the insurance industry would likely be among the top contenders. Put the two together and you get bureaucracy squared. Here’s what happened to an Oregon couple, as reported to me by email:

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We should have listened to her

Written April 11th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The longer Oregon and the country labor to carry out Obamacare, the more I wish that Betty Johnson and her compatriots had prevailed. Mrs. Johnson, who lives in Corvallis, has just been honored by Benton County with a public health service award, an honor she richly deserves for her lifelong work in helping older people. […]

The president “allows”?

Written November 15th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

We must have slipped into some other form of government while most Americans were busy doing whatever we were doing, such as peppering Facebook with what were planning to have for dinner. “On Thursday,” it said in the paper and in more or less the same words on TV, “Obama announced that he would allow […]

Obamacare: Look at the cost

Written October 25th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Despite the problems of the federal health care website, something useful is coming out of the start of Obamacare, especially in Oregon. It is giving people a glimpse of what health insurance actually costs. And the news may come as a bit of a shock to people accustomed to being covered at work or through […]

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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