This was an article in the Pendleton, OR East Oregonian Newspaper
Posted: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 12:14 pm and was written by a local citizen in Pendleton, OR.
"Approximately 30,000 Oregonians will lose PFFS (private fee for service) health care coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2011, as a direct result of Obamacare. Advantage health care plans, such as Sterling, Humana, Secure Horizons & Todays Options, along with others with zero dollar premium options, are no longer available in rural Oregon counties.
I recently was forced to drop my Advantage Plan and purchase a Medicare supplement & prescription plan. The increase is more than $120/month per individual, resulting in an increase of $240/month for a retired couple on Medicare. Other options in Umatilla County are HMO plans with co-pays and deductibles, or PPOs, neither of which was cost effective for us, for the desired coverage.
In Union, Baker and Gilliam counties, the only option is a PPO plan or Medicare. Yet in our metropolitan areas, Health Net & Secure Horizons offer a zero dollar plan.
Why is it that all Oregonians are not offered the same health benefits? Why is our healthcare singled out by counties? Is this separation of rural-metropolitan areas dictated by insurance companies, or supply and demand (ie population vs available doctors)?
This also has a tremendous impact on our local rural economies. Thirty Thousand individuals with increased premiums will now pay in excess of 3-4 Million Dollars a month to insurance companies for the exact same coverage we used to have. If our insurance benefits were available statewide, instead of by county, that same 3-4 Million Dollars a month would be spent locally for goods and services while we enjoy the same benefits as the metro areas.
Senators Ron Wyden adn Jeff Merkley voted for Obamacare. Is this another case of a minority sacrificing for the good of the whole? Or just maybe the part about rural Oregon was on one of the 2,000 pages that our senators overlooked.
With all of the struggles our state and individuals face today, $240 taken from fixed income households isn't going to help
Once again - taxation WITH representation - not so hot."
This senior citizens take on what Obamacare means to his family doesn't just strike a bad cord with taking from fixed income people who have worked their whole lives, but it also is taking from the rural areas of Oregon. Can the rural areas really stand to lose 3-4 Million Dollars a month?
A KICK in the seat of the pants (a usual saying in this newspaper as well as a tip of the hat), so again, A KICK IN THE SEAT OF THE PANTS to Wyden and Merkley for taking dollars away from our senior citizens as well as our rural communities. A KICK IN THE SEAT OF THE PANTS to Obama for a really terrible healt care plan and for not having enough courage to stand up and make it right.