FRIDAY 9-20-2013

Sep 19, 2013 -- 6:29pm

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Sheriff Gil Gilbertson and Kirk McKenzie, Founder of Defend Rural America will provide a frank discussion of the problems of rural counties and solutitions. It's happening tomorrow, Saturday, 5-8 pm at the Josephine County Fairgrounds. This event is free, donations are welcome, but seating is limited so it's a good idea to CLICK TO REGISTER HERE. For more information contact John Underwood at 503-333-5817.



7:10 Kirk McKenzie with Defend Rural America, and Eric Dubin from Stop Land Grab. Defend Rural America event is tomorrow 5-8pm at the Josephine County Fairgrounds. (More info at the top of this post)

7:35 State Senator Alan Bates and we talk Cover Oregon/Health Insurance exchange.

8:45 Dale Matthews,, Sheriff Gil Gilbertson now admits crime stats were inflated.

8:10 John Charles, Cascade Policy Institute -

The Trouble with ObamaCare Is…Parking?

By John A. Charles

Oregon is scrambling to open its new federally mandated health insurance exchange, dubbed Cover Oregon, on time October 1st.  Since the commodity being marketed is health insurance, one can only imagine the number of things going wrong: price quotes, online application forms, privacy protection, etc.

But when Cover Oregon’s Chief Operating Officer went on a recent multi-state conference call with President Obama to discuss the problems various states were having with their exchanges, she didn’t mention any of those issues. She said the number one problem for her organization was parking.

When asked by the President to clarify, she said, “We have 150 employees at our Tualatin office, and only 96 parking spaces.” The President had to tell her that even the vast powers of the Oval Office did not extend to solving local parking shortages.

This was a classic Oregon moment. In a conversation about how the state will ration health care―an industry covering roughly one-seventh of the economy―we discover that management can’t even successfully ration parking for their own employees.

ObamaCare is already collapsing under its own weight. Things are likely to get much worse before they get better. 

John A. Charles, Jr. is President and CEO of Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon’s free market public policy research organization.



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