HCAO News

Documentary seeks to unite employers fed up with escalating healthcare insurance costs around universal coverage under a single-payer system

Now Health Care for All-Oregon hopes to take the show on the road to build the business case for a single-payer system–particularly with the business community.

The Lund Report, February 16, 2016
by Jan Johnson

FIX IT: Healthcare at the Tipping Point, a documentary made by business owner Richard Master, CEO of MCS Industries Inc., the nation’s leading supplier of wall and poster frames, describes the 35-year-old company’s challenges staying competitive in a labor-intensive industry with razor-thin margins -- and annual double-digit increases in healthcare costs.

The film describes insurance companies as the “unseen but powerful force” in every hospital room with 33 cents out of every dollar spent on healthcare in the U.S. going to administration rather than patient care – about $700 billion.

With healthcare costs gobbling up another two percent of the nation’s GDP every year, the $3 trillion healthcare and insurance industries have become 18 percent of the U.S. economy, compared with just seven percent in 1971 and about 10 percent for most developed countries that, unlike the U.S., have universal coverage for their citizens.

The film visits doctors in Canada who describe the autonomy to treat patients without interference and without the administrative burden they faced when they practiced in the U.S., estimated in the film to cost $84,000 per year per doctor because of the byzantine system of many insurers with many plans.

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HCAO demonstration at Moda Health office

Health Care for All-Oregon Rapid Response Team protests Moda Health's plan to increase premiums significantly, their need for a bailout from OHSU, and further restrictions in their network of providers. Some of their insurance plans have an outrageous deductible for hospitalization as well, and we all know about their egregious waste of the public's premium dollars to purchase naming rights for our old Rose Garden.

Hyung Nam and Lisa Stiller demonstrate in front of the Moda office building,December 14, 2015

Hyung Nam and Lisa Stiller demonstrate in front of the Moda office building,December 14, 2015

Nurses Betsy Zucker and David Young join the Moda demonstration

Nurses Betsy Zucker and David Young join the Moda demonstration

Note from Wes Brain, Health Care for All--Rogue Valley

Rep. Peter Buckley

Rep. Peter Buckley

July 29, 2015

Representative Peter Buckley cannot attend Southern Oregon's "Medicare 50" celebration event tomorrow, although he did send the following statement which will be read at the 6pm press conference.

“July 30, 2015--Thanks to all of you for being here to celebrate Medicare and our shared commitment to make sure everyone in our country receives the care they need. In spite of ferocious opposition—an opposition that continues to this very day—Medicare is a tremendous success story. In our state alone, over 600,000 Oregonians receive vital care through Medicare, and over 500,000 Oregonians receive care through Medicaid.  This is who we are as a state and a country. We care for our families and our communities, and we will not rest until every single person in Oregon and in the U.S. has access to high quality, affordable health care. The voices of opposition are on the wrong side of history. We need to build on 50 years of saving lives, 50 years of strengthening our families and our communities, and expand Medicare. There is no going back, only going forward. I’m grateful for the generations of Americans who have brought us progress in healthcare for our families, and it’s up to us to expand that progress for decades to come.”

--Oregon State Representative Peter Buckley, District 5.

Lincoln County turns out for Health Care Justice

Twenty Lincoln County Health Care for All-Oregon Advocates gathered at Newport's Visual Arts Center on Wednesday, Feb. 11, for a lunch-hour “Echo Event,” in conjunction with the 2015 Rally on the Capitol Steps taking place at the same time in Salem, and with several other similar regional events around the state. Photo by Deane Bristow.