April 7th, 2013

FireMouth

PPC non-profit

I'm one of those Oregonians who can't afford health insurance but absolutely needs medical care for some ongoing conditions. A friend gave me info for PPC which is a non-profit co-op that connects you directly to a doctor for smaller monthly fees.

http://www.ppcpdxcoop.org/

I'm wondering if anyone has experience with this program and can give me some feedback or tips. Are there any Doctors on the list you recommend (or recommend I stay away from)? This is my first time buying "insurance" and I don't really have anyone in my life to turn to for advice with this type of thing.
Thanks!

Political news: timber payments, public safety and local control

If people will indulge some serious talk, I want to make an update on the situation down here in some parts of Oregon.

There are a lot of parts of Oregon that were for a long time dependent on the timber industry, and when the timber industry waned for a number of reasons, they were given payouts by the federal government to make up for the lost income. Because of several reasons, these payouts are declining/being canceled (this might be sequester/budget related,I am not sure).

This money pays for a lot of basic things. Law enforcement being one of the main ones. The county I live in, Curry County, is currently undergoing a crisis of sorts where it won't be able to pay for its sheriff department unless two things happen: 1) They pass a property tax increase or 2) The State of Oregon takes over, which they have a bill in progress to do.

This has caused quite some consternation here. Its a problem that I kind of feel for the people here for, because it was caused by external problems. It was also caused by a lack of planning, nostalgia, refusal to admit reality, and stubborness and disagreement on many levels.

Anyway, that is your post from SW Oregon.