Far Left Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon championed a federal individual health care mandate, wrote it into his own legislation, and voted it into law.
Now, he’s not so sure he wants to impose it on his own constituents — and he’s searching for an exemption for his state.
One of the most innovative voices in the health care debate, Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), is accelerating the process of exempting his state from some of the national reforms passed under President Barack Obama.
The Oregon Democrat is seeking to take advantage of a provision he helped write into the legislation that allows states to set up their own health care systems as long as they meet minimal requirements established by the Department of Health and Human Services. In a letter to the state’s Health Authority office, Wyden announced that he will introduce legislation to accelerate the start date for state waivers from 2017 to 2014, if not earlier for Oregon specifically.
In addition, he strongly suggested that the state should use the provision to exempt Oregon from the individual mandate, which would penalize those individuals who refuse to purchase insurance coverage. The mandate was a feature of Wyden’s own health care bill but has proved to be remarkably unpopular among voters.
As the Saturday Night Live Church Lady used to say: How conveeeeenient!blog comments powered by Disqus
June 8, 2016 03:13 AM by Michelle Malkin
To your health! De Blasio cracks down on sodium, but public urination not a big deal anymore (Open thread)
May 29, 2016 09:23 AM by Doug Powers
Welcome to the bureaucratic Magic Kingdom: Looks like some ‘wait times’ are more acceptable than others
May 24, 2016 01:21 PM by Doug Powers
May 17, 2016 11:37 AM by Doug Powers
May 16, 2016 06:19 AM by Doug Powers