I’m not sure why we are hearing so little about the Oregon Health Plan (OHP). The similarities to the Obama Plan do draw a strong parallel. The OHP is a state funded/administered program that was established in 1994. Logically speaking we have in place a system now that we can use to measure where Obama’s Healthcare Plan will likely take us within 15 years.
According to Oregon.gov.
The Oregon Health Plan (OHP) provides health care coverage to low-income Oregonians through programs administered by the Division of Medical Assistance Programs (DMAP). Currently, more than 380,000 people each month receive health care coverage through the Oregon Health Plan.
- Increase access to health care for low-income Oregonians.
- Improve the quality of health care and receipt of preventive services by low-income Oregonians, thereby improving their health.
- Contain health care costs.
Sounds good right? and familiar. Unfortunately, Oregon does not seem to be meeting it’s goals – or maybe it is? The main difference between Oregon and Obamacare is the addition of the “Death With Dignity Law” which Oregon passed in 1997, which has been upheld by the courts. Since this law has been upheld, what would stop the Federal Government from implementing the same guidelines? Not much – this type of legislation is already making it’s way through the States. The 2008 passage of the Washington Death with Dignity Act not only marked a great victory for Death with Dignity supporters, it also inspired legislators in other states to begin working on this important issue. Since the win in Washington, bills that seek to improve end-of-life care have been introduced in nine different state legislatures around the country.
Normally, I would say that the Healthcare and Assisted Suicide are two separate debates. Until you do a little research into what is happening in Oregon.
According to ABC News the Death With Dignity Law is being used in conjunction with the OHP.