Kitzhaber's Rx for state
The last time John Kitzhaber put Oregon on the map as a health care pioneer, it was by working within the decades-old system that delivers medical care.
This time, the former doctor and governor wants to bulldoze what he sees as an antiquated system and replace it with a 21st-century model that would deliver universal health care to every Oregonian.
It's like yesterday never happened with this people. They don't seem to remember that they just "kicked" thousands of people from the failed Oregon Health Plan. (While at the same time actively recruiting new people for the plan)
Do they not remember the anticipated budget for that program and how it ballooned into something that consumes a huge portion of Oregon's budget?
What they do remember is how every time a tax increase is proposed the first thing put on the chopping block if it doesn't pass is the health plan. If everyone is on the health plan then more people may be inclined to vote for higher taxes. Higher taxes mean more government. More goverment means more democrats. More democrats means higher taxes.
It's a vicious cycle of abuse.