Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber Reacts To Health Care Ruling

Jun 28, 2012

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber reacted Thursday to the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. He told Oregon Public Broadcasting the ruling is "good news for Oregon and very good news for America."

He also urged the rest of the country to follow Oregon's lead, put politics over health care changes aside, and move forward.

"I think it's time to stop using the healthcare crisis as a political football. Now that the supreme court has ruled, seems to me the Republicans and Democrats in Congress need to come together and make this work for businesses, for individuals for states and for America."

As part of Kitzhaber's plan to improve health care and lower costs in the state, Oregon has certified eight groups to be the state's first coordinated care organizations.

The Oregon Health Authority announced the certifications Wednesday. They'll provide health coverage to low-income patients on the Oregon Health Plan beginning August 1.

Patients living in all or part of 18 Oregon counties would be covered by the new organizations. Other groups are expected to be approved later in the year.

Copyright 2012 Oregon Public Broadcasting