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Wyden Withdraws Choice Amendment, Derides Bill

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In another concession to industry, Democrats deny Wyden's free choice amendment

Originally at Oregonlive.com
October 2, 2009 -- Defying his own party, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon late Thursday sharply criticized the most ambitious health care legislation in a generation, concluding that the bill written by Democrats does not offer millions of workers sufficient choice of insurance plans and lacks muscular tools for controlling medical costs.

Wyden Aide Explains Vote on Public Option

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If Sen. Wyden supported the public option why did it take so long to be clear?

WASHINGTON, DC October 1, 2009 -- Senator Ron Wyden pleased many advocates of healthcare reform when he voted for two amendments that would have put a public option into the reform bill before the Senate Finance Committee.

Wyden Votes Yes on Public Option, Panel Rejects

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A vote on Sen. Ron Wyden's Free Choice Amendment expected soon

Originally at StatesmanJournal.com
September 30, 2009 -- Sen. Ron Wyden on Tuesday voted in support of a public health insurance option to compete with the private market as the key committee he sits on shot down the measure twice.

The public-option legislation was imperfect, the senior Democratic senator from Oregon said, and he had wrestled with it for months as the Senate struggled with its still-evolving health care reform legislation.

Senate Finance Vote on Public Option Delayed

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Sen. Schumer introduces amendment for up or down vote, advocates make one last blitz at Wyden

From NBC's Ken Strickland
September 25, 2009 -- The Senate Finance Committee says the panel will not get to the matter of a public option debate today.

Democratic Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Chuck Schumer yesterday said they were planning to introduce amendments on the so-called public option, and they would take place today.

Atul Gawande Challenges the Status Quo

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Performance and complexity drive our healthcare system, not money or malpractice lawsuits

September 24, 2009 -- The way physicians perform their work is as important as Congressional legislation to reform our system, according to Dr. Atul  Gawande, who captivated a packed crowd at the Schnitzer Concert Hall on Wednesday night. And according to Gawande, Portland already leads the nation when it comes to end-of-life care. 

Hundreds Heckle for Insurance Reform in Downtown Portland

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Protestors gather at Regence headquarters as part of national MoveOn.org action

September 22, 2009 -- More than 400 people gathered in the courtyard beneath Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon headquarters in downtown Portland today in support of comprehensive healthcare reform. 

Organized by MoveOn.org, the rally coincided with similar events throughout the country dubbed “Big Insurance: Sick of it.” 

Wyden Pushes Back Against Baucus Plan

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In the week after Sen. Max Baucus released a draft plan based on the notorious "Gang of Six," Sen. Ron Wyden pens an op-ed and appears on NPR

September 21, 2009 -- Although Sen. Ron Wyden sits on the powerful Senate Finance Committee, he's been virtually shut out of discussions in that committee, which so far have centered on the "Gang of Six," three Democrats and three Republicans. Late last week Wyden expressed his discontent with the bill so far.

Congress' Look at Executive Pay Includes Regence

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Rep. Henry Waxman wants to know more about executive compensation paid to health insurers

September 17, 2009 -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield is among 52 health plans across the country targeted by Congressman Henry Waxman (D-California) who’s conducting an investigation into the private health insurance industry.

As chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Waxman’s asking the nation’s largest insurers to disclose their CEO salaries, bonuses, profit margins, corporate retreats and other financial data by the end of September.

State Prepared to Lead if Feds Don't

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The new Oregon Health Authority has on its plate how to enforce an individual mandate and gauranteed issue

Setpember 15, 2009 -- As President Obama struggles to enact meaningful health reform, Oregon is poised to transform its healthcare system, according to Dr. Bruce Goldberg, acting administrator of the Oregon Health Authority and director of Oregon's Department of Human Services.

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