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Single-Payer Activists Come to Salem, Tout Universal Care Study

Researchers from the Rand Corporation showcased the results of a $300,000 study Oregon funded two years ago. It examined different methods of improving the healthcare financing system in the state.

The state’s single-payer activists made their annual descent on Salem on Thursday, championing their perennial legislation to implement publicly financed, privately delivered healthcare -- this time accompanied by new research from the Rand Corporation, showing that the state could give everyone

Republican Health Bill Could Cause 23,000 to Lose Healthcare Jobs

The American Healthcare Act, also known as Trumpcare or Ryancare, could leave rural hospitals in the lurch, causing them to hemorrhage money, as they did before the Affordable Care Act was enacted. Eighteen of these hospitals are in the district of Rep. Greg Walden, a chief supporter of the Obamacare replacement.

The state of Oregon projects that about 23,000 Oregonians in the healthcare industry could lose their jobs as result of the Republican healthcare bill, filling a critical hole in the analysis released Monday by the Congressional Budget Office.

Health Insurance Enrollment Continues Climbing

The repeal of Obamcare means that 45,000 jobs in Oregon will be lost.

Despite attempts by President-elect Trump to repeal and replace Obamacare, enrollment in Oregon is higher than ever before, and people have until Jan. 31 to sign up.

The latest enrollment figures show that 148,978 Oregonians had chosen coverage by Dec. 31, compared to 147,109 the previous year, according to Elizabeth Cronen, communications and legislative manager for the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace.

New Report Details Impact of the Affordable Care Act in Oregon

Hundreds of thousands of Oregonians have gained coverage, and millions more have had their coverage substantially improved

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released an extensive compilation of state-level data illustrating the substantial improvements in health care for all Americans over the last six years.

Repeal Individual Mandate? Washington State Has Been There, Done That

In the 1990s, Washington’s individual insurance market required carriers to sell to everyone, but the market crashed when Republicans repealed a provision that everyone buy insurance. Instead, Republicans and Trump may bring back health underwriting and allow insurers to charge higher rates to sick people or end the employer mandate, forcing more people onto the individual market.

For Republicans champing at the bit to repeal Obamacare -- particularly the hated individual mandate, which slaps a tax penalty on those who go without health insurance -- they may want to look to Washington state and see what a disaster that would be, to both consumers and the health insurance industry alike.

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