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Public Option Could Mean Buy-In to OHP

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Sen. Alan Bates plans to introduce an amendment to health exchange legislation
April 7, 2011 -- A public health plan option might still be alive in Oregon after its chances appeared to have died during this year’s legislative session.

Feds Start Preparing for Co-Op Health Plans

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There’s been $6 billion allocated to jump start such plans that becomes available in 2014

January 26, 2011 -- A national public option may have died, but before Congress passed the Affordable Care Act last March, lawmakers included a provision that calls for consumer-operated healthcare plans – known as co-operatives.

Oregon to Look at Single-Payer Bill Next Session

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Advocates for a dedicated tax to pay for basic health coverage want to introduce a single-payer bill next session

August 25, 2010 -- A loose coalition of single-payer advocates in Oregon has taken the first steps toward developing legislation for the 2011 session

Oregon Embarks on Public Health Plan Option

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More questions than answers surround the creation of a statewide public option and health insurance exchange
August 11, 2010 -- Those who fought so hard for a publicly-owned health insurance option during much of 2009, only to be dismissed by Congress, may see their dreams realized at least in Oregon by 2014.

Oregon May Revive Public Option

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Thanks to an amendment by Sen. Ron Wyden to the health reform law, Oregon Sen. Alan Bates says he'll take up a state public option

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April 1, 2010 -- A much debated public option that died amid the creation of a new national health care plan could be brought back to life in Oregon.

Oregon Sen. Alan Bates, D-Ashland, is spearheading an effort to create a state-run health care plan that would provide a public option, paving the way for universal coverage within three to four years.

Dean Calls Health Bill Bigger Bailout than AIG

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Progressive leader Howard Dean made about the boldest call yesterday in response to the news that both the public option and Medicare buy-in had died

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December 16, 2009 -- President Obama said he likes the Senate health care compromise and wants it passed by Christmas, but he faces a revolt from some liberals who say the health care bill has been gutted to appease insurance companies.

Merkley Worried About Medicare Expansion for Oregon

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Sen. Jeff Merkley tells the HuffingtonPost he's concerned about the Senate compromise

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December 10, 2009 -- Democrats in the Senate may not have a filibuster-proof majority for the latest health care compromise after all.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), expressed deep concern on Thursday that a new proposal to expand Medicare to those as young as 55 would seriously exacerbate health care-related problems already existing in his state.


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