OPB: Walden Calls For Repeal Of Health Law

Press Release

By:  Greg Walden
Date: July 28, 2012
Location: Unknown

Most members of Oregon's Congressional delegation are hailing the Supreme Court's health care ruling. But Republican Congressman Greg Walden called Thursday for the repeal of the law.
Walden says he's concerned about whether the law's changes to Medicare Advantage will serve as a disincentive to health-care providers. He also says the law's tax break won't pencil out for business owners.

"I've actually spent time with accountants who advise small businesses," Walden said. "The takeaway is first, it's short-lived, second, it's very complex, third, hard to qualify for, fourth, you'll end up with businesses trying o avoid the whole thing by keeping the number of employees they have under the threshold."

Most of the state's elected officials support the governor's plan to transform Oregon's health care system under the Affordable Care Act. Walden says he's open to seeing what improvements the new structure for Medicaid delivery has to offer.

Democrats in the delegation, including 5th District Congressman Kurt Schrader, expressed approval for the Supreme Court's ruling. Schrader says the law's cost containment provisions would protect consumers and drive down health care costs over the long term.