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Republican what’s different about you. Why do you identify with that party .
Well , do you know that’s you know I I think we identify where we grow up , and you know I grew up with the the policies and I had feeling and my calling on Governor tear you know when you know I would consider it you know aren’t normal and Nancy rials. And you know and some of those I was thinking this morning . Those who have actually had some influence and and and to me , you know I had barely Roberts , you know who was she’s a Democrat , you know , I grew up where you had both parties and women working together to solve problems , and so that was the the culture and climate and I grew up in .
Yeah. And in you mention some iconic names there tell Nicole and make a TR normal policy . I’m wondering how the Oregon Republican Party has changed since you’ve been in the legislature .
I I think it’s it’s changed I you know I think it unfortunately I you know question whether or not you know you could have a calm today and and and yet both Tom and and and had normal all took risk. I was thinking this morning in the vote by me was normal . Yeah , you know , I think you know I was I was look , you know , had some of your a work and I think this vortex one which is on the cosmos Tom McClintock the music music first all outside a paper mill yes of the Democratic National Convention . Yeah , so I you know those are different times then and and the times are different today I but you know I got I just happen to feel that really blessed and I actually learn from I you know real icon to about what’s happening in the state .
If you’re just tuning in. We’re talking with Oregon Republican Senator Jacqui winters . She was recently named the Senate minority leader , you had to sit out the entire 20-16 legislative session because of a heart attack .
Let me qualify that I look , and I have a heart attack. Okay , I can vascular surgery then without having a heart attack . So I did it . I need to qualify because I read that , you know on one of the articles I see never had a heart attack . Okay , fair enough . So , I had no muscle their major any that will go .
Well , it’s part of a broader question about your health because you were recently diagnosed with lung cancer. Yes . Has your health .
Excellent. I’m in remission and and and I and I attribute that to . All of my extremely competent medical team I 2 things , one , I think that early , you know going in early and not ignoring the fact that I had this cough that was persistent that I couldn’t get rid of and having an incredible family nurse practitioner who said . Okay . Here’s what we’re gonna do and who was very proactive and in being proactive , you know we treatment and everything just really went extremely rapid you know for sea identification and then after that it was like , I think I’d completely finished chemo I and and and so that we shouldn’t parties is down and we’re only do in the a radiation to make certain regional hidden sale someplace .
Do you have any doubts about your ability to serve.
Well , you know , I worked everybody before ever had this , I think you know building , you know , they know that I kept even a very , very intensive schedule as you probably have gleaned from , you know , I’m looking at my past assignments. You know I cheered public safety subcommittee and Ways and means and and actually , I am the vice culture of joint reason maintained along with similar Betsey Johnson as well as like for hope he’s means and and by human services those as well so I . I’ve always had a large load since I’ve been elected as a legislator .
We’re talk about health care in a moment , but I’m curious how your recent bout with cancer has changed the way you view the state’s obligation to provide health insurance to.
Was it I you know I I I felt you know going going to all this extremely and and you know act I had and have a very , very access to a medical team and I you know said to him. Their job was to to keep me vertical and and and it makes you think you know that you know not deprive others of that kind of access .
You know I and going through when you go in through the the cancer Center there in in Salem and you’re seen others that are waiting to be seen. You know there there are young , old , you know , all shapes and sizes . You know I I tell them that you know diseases no respecter person .
You know it , it is and it doesn’t say I’m gonna pick you and I you that’s not how it works. And so to me access is important , it’s , it’s important that we are able to provide care to our children .
Yeah but there’s a lot of uncertainty about health care and health care law in America right now. So how do you , how do you legislate health insurance when you don’t even know whether you’re for . Okay here that’s going to .
I do , I think that was why we when they hadn’t at the leap because not knowing what was gonna happen and nationally but yet knowing that we had any a population of 350 to 400,000 individuals who would be affected by and and needing to provide a safety net , if you will. While Congress is is actually working on getting its act together and what what was added this time which is was that it was was the premium interest tax which were .
Okay and that tax has been referred to voters and there will be a special election in January as the measure is called referendum one a 1 it’s actually asking the voters if they agree with you and that tax should be issued but it should be implemented had , how do you feel about that referee.
I I yeah I I hope they do agree and you know with with what we did and you know it will be debated between now and and January on both sides. As to the merits as to wonder whether or not we you know continued and what we’re doing odd to provide access to healthcare or not . And also , the other part of that . If we don’t what then happens in Oregon and I , we have not had that kind of us .
Well what would happen if the voters say no wonder the legislative.
Well beyond the option then. Unlike the federal government Oregon by constitution cannot operate in a deficit . I , and so that means we will have to do budgetary adjustments and changes you know there’s no , you know , most people don’t don’t realize we don’t have a printing press down and they say and and and . Unlike you know though that the Congress you know increased their debt ceiling and all those kinds of things and you know the wisdom of our of our framers , no , no , I don’t think I’m gonna let legislators that .
Well , we have just about 90 seconds left and so let’s look ahead of you are in opposite leadership position now in the Senate. What what priorities . Do you have for the next agenda .
Well you know I a couple of them , because you know I’ve still still deny public safety work and and so I I spoke. I’ve spoken to the Senate president of wanting to continuous summit , particularly some of that work that has to do with domestic violence and trying to clean up where I I think that we’ve got some gaps , but yes . So that’s , but I think importantly now my role and function is to try to to lead the 12 other members of my caucus and and so I’ve been busy I having conversations with them and and begin crafting you know plan and our agenda and going forward . Show that’s my years of experience .
Senator winners. Thank you so much . It was a pleasure to speak with you .
Well , I think he is that was okay. Geoff Norcross talking to Oregon . Senate Minority Leader Jackie Winters last November . If you don’t wanna miss any of our shows . You can listen on the NPR one Hochman Apple podcasts wherever you get your podcasts our nightly rebroadcast is at 8:00 PM . Thanks very much for tuning in . Today I’m Dave Miller . Have a great day .
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