I am running for the Oregon Legislature as a Republican. We first offered a full service dental clinic to two towns right here in House District 7, which is mostly comprised of rural areas in Douglas and Lane Counties. My wife and I were astonished when our services were rejected by local public officials. In one case we had even purchased land for the clinic--property that still sits empty in an economically depressed logging town.
You have to ask yourself, why would free health care services be rejected? Was there not a need? No, there is a need, so why would free public oral health be denied to those to whom it could benefit? We had spent years building a modern semi-mobile dental clinic and now with all the elements in place the government said no. As best as I can tell, the reason was because we were not a government-based solution.