Richardson: Shut down Oregon’s health insurance exchange

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From the Washington Post:

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Tuesday outlined his party’s priorities for 2014. They are, in ascending order of importance:


●Obamacare! Obamacare!


richardsongovbannerRepublican gubernatorial hopeful Dennis Richardson has voiced his intent to shut down Oregon’s health insurance exchange. Apparently not content to let national Republicans take all the credit for their own self-destruction, Richardson has joined the Republican party’s plan to run the same gameplay over and over: Rile up their base about Obamacare, while doing nothing else to address economic woes, jobs, or anything else that might actually be useful.

From the Washington Post:

[Priebus on Obamacare:] “it’s not possible for this not to be the No. 1 issue going into the 2014 elections. It’s just not. . . . So the answer to your question is, it is going to be the No. 1 issue in 2014.”

The American public has a different view. A Gallup poll last month found that 47 percent cited economic issues as their top concern, including 31 percent who listed the overall economy and jobs. After that, 21 percent named dissatisfaction with government, followed by 17 percent who ranked health care. A CBS News poll a month earlier found much the same: Thirty-one percent cited the economy or jobs, compared to 15 percent listing health care…

Americans do have enough things to worry about, but now they have the additional worry that one of the two major political parties is collectively suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Immigration? Iraq? Unemployment benefits? The Republicans, following a year that included dozens of repeal attempts and a government shutdown over Obamacare, are prepared to respond to all with Obamacare, Obamacare and Obamacare.

It’s not just the concerns of voters who want action on the issues that matter, like our economy. Or the frustration of Americans towards the Republican party’s single-track focus. You know who else might have a problem with Rep. Richardson’s plan to gut Cover Oregon? How about the hundreds of thousands of newly-insured Oregonians.


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