April 9, 2015 Central Committee Meeting
Central Oregon Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, Bend, OR 97701
Pursuant to call by Jason Burge, County Chair, the monthly meeting of the Deschutes Democrats was held on April 9, 2105 at the Central Oregon Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, Bend. Oregon. Chair Burge presided.
February 2015 minutes approved.
On Project Syndicate, Roosevelt Institute Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz says that the treatment of Greece's debt shows the need for reform in the eurozone to encourage growth-centered economic policy. He suggests that Greece should "convert its current bonds into GDP-linked bonds. If Greece does well, its creditors will receive more of their money; if it does not, they will get less."
From: McClathey News Service
CBO Findings on Obamacare (Minus the GOP Talking Points)
Steve Benen really nails this:
Let me get this straight. Over the last 24 hours, we’ve learned several noteworthy facts about the Affordable Care Act from the non-partisan CBO: it will lower unemployment; it will reduce the deficit by more than $1 trillion; it will increase wages; it will bring coverage to tens of millions of Americans; and there’s no evidence at all that the law will increase part-time employment over full-time employment.
And despite all of these relevant details, Republicans and a few too many reporters still believe the CBO’s findings are bad news for Democrats and proponents of the health care law.
From: Think Progress
By Sy Mukherjee
In a striking illustration of the promise that the health law holds for consumers, two Oregon private insurers vying to sell coverage on the state’s Obamacare insurance marketplace this October are reevaluating their opening bids for the plans’ monthly premiums. The reason? A side-by-side regional comparison of all proposed 2014 premiums for Oregon marketplace plans became public on Oregon’s marketplace website Thursday, and showed that the two insurers’ planned monthly premiums were far higher than other proposals. That raised fears among the companies’ officials that their plans wouldn’t be competitive on the market later this year, leading them to proactively request a rate reduction — and as more of Obamacare is implemented, state insurance commissioners expect that trend to continue:
“Posting rate comparisons company-by-company is a taste of what is to come,” says Cheryl Martinis of the Oregon Insurance Division.
Judging by the reaction, there’s already an impact.
Providence Health Plan on Wednesday asked to lower its requested rates by 15 percent. Gary Walker, a Providence spokesman, says the “primary driver” was a realization that the plan’s cost projections were incorrect. But he conceded a desire to be competitive was part of it.
A Family Care Health Plans official on Thursday said the insurer will ask the state for even greater decrease in requested rates. CEO Jeff Heatherington says the company realized its analysts were too pessimistic after seeing online that its proposed premiums were the highest.
“That was my question when I saw the rates was, ‘Can we go in and refile these?’” he said. “We’re going to try to get these to a competitive range.”