After touting all of the Oregonians enrolled in the Medicaid expansion of the Oregon Health Plan, bragging about the state's robust economy, and collecting millions of dollars in taxes from pot sales, state Democratics have continued to spend far more than available revenue. Even though the state has more money than ever, they bemoan that it's not enough - and they're really mad that voters declined to pass the public employee union-written and pushed gross receipts tax on businesses. Democratics like "governor" Kate Brown and House Squeaker Tina Kotek (both from out-of-state) pushed for it too, but the measure was soundly defeated once it occurred to voters that the thing would have killed 18,000 private-sector jobs while adding 32,000 public employee jobs - all paid for not by the evil businesses, but from taxpayer wallets.
So now the Democratics are looking at a"budget" hole of around $1.8 billion. Something must be done, but that something doesn't involve actually budgeting and spending less. Nope, their plan is to yank the rug out from under the 355,000 Oregonians that they've crowed about signing up for Medicaid under the Oregon Health Plan:
It might surprise, though, that Oregon’s own legislators — known for their progressive stances on health care — may themselves eliminate Medicaid for the roughly 355,000 low-income Oregonians added to the program since the expansion in their effort to fill a $1.8 billion budget hole.
“I wouldn’t necessarily call it a worst-case scenario,” said Sen. Richard Devlin, a Tualatin Democrat and the Senate’s chief budget writer. “I would call it more a realistic scenario given what our resources are.”
Maybe, Dick, you and your pals should have considered what our resources are before you spent so much money on pet projects rather than "investing" in things that have no role in core government functions. Now, as always, Democratics are looking at cutting funding for Coordinated Care Organizations across the state:
Part of the idea behind a budget framework is to make it so “unpalatable” that legislators agree on new revenue measures to help fill the budget hole, said Ben Hoyne, executive director of CCO Oregon, a nonprofit member association that supports CCOs.
Yep - rather than live within our means, the clarion call for Democratics here is "Moar Munny"! And the way you get that is by cutting core services and public health services.