Shameful partisanship in health care tax fight




Editorial: Shameful partisanship in health care tax fight

The Bend Bulletin Editorial Board

The Legislature’s committee to write up the ballot information for a challenge to a health care tax was a blatant partisan creation from the beginning download os x El Capitan. It was created by Democrats and pushed the limits of what legislators can do to tilt the outcome of a vote.

House Speaker Tina Kotek, a Democrat, just tilted it a bit more by making appointments to the committee without consulting with the minority party as required by House rules Download KakaoTV.

The fight is at its heart a dispute over how to pay for health care. The state’s Medicaid program had a funding problem.

Democrats funded it in part with House Bill 2391 and its new 1.5 percent premium tax on health plans Milliaelectric dx. But it was not a 1.5 percent premium tax on all health plans. The bill picks and chooses. People who buy their coverage on the health exchange pay the tax 킹덤 러쉬 프론티어. Some state employees pay the tax. Employees who get insurance through self-insured companies don’t pay. How is that fair?

The bill’s passage was a squeaker 가디언즈 오브 갤럭시2 ost 다운로드. House Democrats needed one Republican vote to get the three-fifths supermajority required for new taxes. Republican Rep. Sal Esquivel of Medford complied download mblock. Some Republicans began working on a challenge to HB 2391 at the ballot.

Democrats weren’t done. They turned their attention to making it harder for that ballot challenge to succeed download xp pe iso. Senate Bill 229 was originally a series of technical fixes to state election law. Democrats added on a provision aimed at controlling information. Normally, when there is a ballot measure, a balanced committee is formed to write the ballot title and explanatory statements 내일은 사랑 다운로드. Democrats wrote in language that enabled them to stack the committee for this ballot measure with four Democrats and two Republicans.

Then on Monday, Kotek added another dose of partisanship Download the Star Wars movie. She failed to follow the appointment process outlined in House Rule 8.05 (3) when making appointments to the committee. The rule requires the House Speaker to consult in good faith with elected leaders of each caucus when making appointments to committees 그녀는 예뻤다 12회 다운로드. She did not bother to consult with Republicans.

It’s shameful that Democrats in the Legislature would create such lopsided taxes and a lopsided committee. Kotek made it worse.



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