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Political Chat: No Room Left On The Health Care Hot Seat

It seems like many people have had to occupy Health Care hot seats lately.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified last week before Congress about the problems with the rollout of the federal health care law.

This week, Cover Oregon Director Rocky King went before legislative panels in Salem to discuss the snafus with Oregon’s online exchange.

King says the target date for a fully-functioning website is mid-December.  But he’s not holding his breath.

“I no longer hope. I’ve taken that word out of my language. When I see it, I’ll believe it. And until that time, I’ll bring on whatever resources are necessary and do whatever I can to make sure than Oregonians can get coverage,” King says.

Meanwhile, the effort to legalize gay marriage in Oregon got a big financial boost from Nike.

And efforts by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley to amend the filibuster appear to be bearing fruit.

Let the record show that our political guys are here, as they are most Fridays to discuss the week in regional politics.

Bill Lunch is OPB’s Political Analyst, and he’s at OSU Media Services in Corvallis.  Jeff Mapes is the senior political reporter for The Oregonian, and he’s on the line.


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