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  • OR: Rep. Jason Conger Joins U.S. Senate Race vs. Merkley

    OR: Rep. Jason Conger Joins U.S. Senate Race vs. Merkley

    Bend, OR – State Representative Jason Conger (R-Bend) announced his candidacy for US Senate on Tuesday, October 15th, becoming the latest candidate to announce in the race against the Democrat incumbent Jeff Merkley, generally regarded as far left-of-center. The crowded field does not necessarily indicate ambition in the opposition field but perhaps is more indicative of Merkley’s perceived weakness. One is tempted to use a phrase like “blood in the water,” but few of these attracted opponents seem sharklike...

  • Republican Jason Conger enters Senate race, calling Democrat Jeff Merkley 'missing in action'

    Republican Jason Conger enters Senate race, calling Democrat Jeff Merkley 'missing in action'

    Republican state Rep. Jason Conger on Tuesday entered the race for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Jeff Merkley with a show of strength in what could be a crowded GOP primary...

  • Rep. Jason Conger Asks Governor Kitzhaber To Close Down Failed "Cover Oregon"

    Rep. Jason Conger Asks Governor Kitzhaber To Close Down Failed "Cover Oregon"

    Asks The State To Allow Needy Oregonians to Buy Coverage Directly From Insurers Using Subsidies

    SALEM, OR - Rep. Jason Conger (R-Bend) announced today that he has sent a letter to Gov. John Kitzhaber urging him to close down the failed "Cover Oregon" healthcare exchange.



    "Cover Oregon is a huge and costly failure and a national embarrassment for Oregon," Conger wrote. "Members of legislature, including me, had to decide between a Federal Government exchange or one Oregon controlled. We opted for local control. We put our trust in your administration to execute a functional healthcare exchange and you have failed. It is unacceptable to waste more taxpayer money on a failed system that will never work as promised."

  • Jason Conger attacks rival GOP Senate candidate Monica Wehby on hot-button issues

    Jason Conger attacks rival GOP Senate candidate Monica Wehby on hot-button issues

    The Oregon Republican primary race for the U.S. Senate took a tougher turn Wednesday when state Rep. Jason Conger of Bend released a fundraising email questioning rival candidate Monica Wehby's views on issues ranging from abortion to immigration.

  • Legislators discuss Cover Oregon options

    Legislators discuss Cover Oregon options

    “Why do we keep kicking the can down the road?” Rep. Jason Conger said. “If we had a full picture of what’s going on, we’d probably conclude it’s never going to work.”

  • Goldberg Cites Progress in Fixing Cover Oregon as Republicans Increase Cries to Pull Plug

    Goldberg Cites Progress in Fixing Cover Oregon as Republicans Increase Cries to Pull Plug

    “It’s frustrating and embarrassing to me to have voted for Cover Oregon,” Conger said. “To me and the public, this is just one more in a long string of broken promises in the state and federal government over healthcare. I've lost all faith in Cover Oregon.”

    In a press release, Conger suggested that Oregon should follow the ideas of conservative Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker -- avoid both the state and federal exchange process and allow consumers to apply subsidies to insurance policies purchased directly from private companies.

  • Democratic Plans Extend Open Enrollment, Offer Subsidies Outside Exchange

    Democratic Plans Extend Open Enrollment, Offer Subsidies Outside Exchange

    Rep. Jason Conger of Bend, another Republican who's seeking statewide office -- in this case the seat of U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley -- pointed out that Fagan and other Democrats are not seeking anything that Kitzhaber hadn't already asked from the Obama administration. “The website still doesn't work. What happens if the website still doesn't work by April 30?” he posited.

  • House committee begins work on Cover Oregon fixes

    House committee begins work on Cover Oregon fixes

    Several lawmakers on the House health care committee shared doubts that a one-month extension would be enough and that the website would be complete by then. Rep. Jason Conger reiterated his previous sentiments that the website would probably never work.
    “Why do we keep kicking the can down the road?” Conger said. “If we had a full picture of what’s going on, we’d probably conclude it’s never going to work.”

  • Lawmakers begin work on Cover Oregon: Ongoing troubles with state’s health insurance exchange

    Lawmakers begin work on Cover Oregon: Ongoing troubles with state’s health insurance exchange

    Rep. Jason Conger, R-Bend, who is vying for a seat in the U.S. Senate, expressed doubt the website would ever be functional, saying that components of House Bill 4154 would be “kicking the can down the road.”

  • State of the Union Response (Oregon Catalyst)

    State of the Union Response (Oregon Catalyst)

    Oregon State Representative Jason Conger – candidate for U.S. Senate – released the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address: