Wyden Says Trump Administration Could Derail Oregon's Medicaid Waiver

At the same time, Wyden is fairly certain the federal government will sign off on the waiver before President Obama leaves office.

While Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority are urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to approve Oregon’s multi-year waiver before President-elect Trump takes office, there still could be trouble ahead, according to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-OR.

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

Originally at MailTribune.com

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.

Wyden Wins Free Choice Concession

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Vote likely on amendment to offer vouchers for tax-free portion of employer sponored health plans

Originally at TheHill.com
November 20, 2009 -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) have taken a long stride toward locking down the support of Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

Wyden's Call for Free Choice Still Largely Ignored

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Sen. Ron Wyden makes a renewed pitch for a free choice amendment after it's still been shut out

Originally at HuffingtonPost.com
November 19, 2009 -- Polls show that Americans are really happy with the health insurance that they are getting from their employers; therefore health reform must protect these benefits by making it impossible for Americans to choose anything else.

I am mystified by this argument.

Senate Compromise Bill Excludes Free Choice

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Despite offering up the public option, Sen. Ron Wyden says most Americans won’t have the option to buy it
October 27, 2009 -- Sen. Harry Reid made thousands of headlines yesterday when he announced that the Senate health bill would include a public option with a state opt-out clause.

Wyden Upbeat on Free Choice, Public Option

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In a national radio interview, Sen. Ron Wyden said even conservative colleagues know value in free choice

October 20, 2009 -- Sen. Ron Wyden picked up the pressure for his Free Choice Amendment and a strong public option in an appearance today on the Ed Schultz national radio program.

Wyden Tells OMA Fight for Free Choice Continues

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Sen. Ron Wyden has become an outspoken critic of legislation so far since his amendment failed last week

October 5, 2009 -- Despite his failure to convince his colleagues to pass a free choice amendment to the $880 billion healthcare bill winding its way through Congress, Senator Ron Wyden refuses to give up the fight.

Free choice is “absolutely the key to healthcare reform,” he told physicians attending an Oregon Medical Association meeting last Saturday. Otherwise, “more than 200 million Americans working for large employers won’t have any choice of healthcare coverage.” 

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.


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