Jason Conger on Health Care



State-run Cover Oregon exchange better than ObamaCare

Wehby said, "It sounds a lot to me like those politicians who voted for ObamaCare and Cover Oregon and who are all of a sudden leading the charge to get rid of the laws they voted for in the first place," she said. "That's not me." She was clearly referring to the votes Conger took in the state Legislature to establish a state-run health exchange known as Cover Oregon under the terms of the federal health care law.

Conger once again insisted that he voted for Cover Oregon not because he supported the federal law but because he thought it would be better to have a state-run exchange than to be part of the federal exchange, as is the case with several other states.

He even took the step of brandishing an opinion from the legislative counsel noting that state legislators didn't have a say in approving the new federal law. "I think that it is time that we stop with misinformation," Conger said, "and we start being transparent and honest with voters."

Source: The Oregonian on 2014 Oregon Senate debate , Mar 8, 2014

Opposes "Cover Oregon" and state-run insurance exchanges

Callahan was the most direct in criticizing another GOP candidate as he reiterated earlier charges he made that Conger should not have supported legislation setting up Oregon-run health insurance exchanges and the Cover Oregon website.

Conger said he thought that approach was better than having Oregonians go into the national health exchange set up under the new federal health care exchange. It was a "hard choice between two bad options," he said.

Source: The Oregonian on 2016 Oregon Senate race , Jan 25, 2014

Delay health plan cancellations due to ObamaCare

Rep. Jason Conger released a statement today questioning the Oregon Insurance Commissioner's refusal to delay the cancellation of health insurance plans for over 140,000 Oregonians due to ObamaCare. Rep. Conger said he planned to use legislative days next week to explore potential solutions with his fellow legislators.

"We were promised that 'If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep it,' " Conger said. "Millions of Americans, and over 140,000 Oregonians, are now finding out that it is not true and are losing their health insurance coverage. We need to do whatever we can at the state level to help individuals and families who are losing their health insurance coverage in just a few weeks."

"It is outrageous that 140,000 Oregonians will be forced out of the health plan they chose, despite the promises that were made," explained Rep. Conger. "I plan on meeting with my colleagues to find a way to help the families that have been impacted by the ObamaCare roll out."

Source: Oregon Catalyst AdWatch of Conger 2014 Senate press release , Nov 13, 2013

Patients & doctors drive decisions, not lawyers & insurers

The problem with healthcare in America is runaway costs. We need to work on preserving all the good of our current system by making thoughtful changes aimed not at sweeping reform, but on reducing cost and improving results.

We can make healthcare more affordable--and expand its availability. Those two principals should not be contradictory. To do it, we need to broaden our focus from just curing those who are already sick to include educating people about good health choices.

We can encourage health and wellness, shift to an outcome based system for health care, and enact common sense malpractice reform so the patient and doctor are driving healthcare decisions, not lawyers and insurance companies.

Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, RepJasonConger.com, "Issues" , Oct 18, 2013

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