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 JOIN YOUR LOCAL ACTION TEAM!          ABOUT THE 2015 RALLY

Health Care for All Oregon is a grassroots coalition of over 100 organizations that are determined to create a better way of financing health care for every person who lives or works in Oregon.  Our mission is to provide publicly funded, privately delivered, high quality, affordable, universal health care to everyone. People will be free to choose their medical provider to give them the care that they need, free to choose their career, job, and time of retirement independent of health care costs.  We believe that health care is a human right.  The care we receive should not be dependent on what we can afford.  It is time we joined the rest of the free world and provided ourselves with publicly funded health care just like we do for education, libraries, fire fighters, and police.

Dennis Kucinich: "Healthcare is a Civil and Human Right!"

A passionate speech from the not-so-long ago.

Bill Hughes Sept. 30, 2009

On Wednesday afternoon, September 30, 2009, the "Mad as Hell Doctors" rallied in front of the White House, in Lafayette Park. The group supports a Single Payer Healthcare System. Two of their slogans are: "Everybody In! Nobody Out!" and "Single Payer or Bust!" The doctors had been on a nationwide tour promoting their cause. One of the speakers at the spirited event was Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH). He was one of the key champions in the House of Representatives of HR 676, a Single Payer Bill. Dr. Margaret Flowers of Baltimore, who helped to organize the rally, also served as the MC for it.

See video HERE

How Obamacare Is Unsustainable: Why We Need a Single-Payer Solution for All Americans

John Geyman’s timely book on ACA and single payer
Posted by Don McCanne MD on Thursday, Feb 5, 2015

This entry is from Dr. McCanne's Quote of the Day, a daily health policy update on the single-payer health care reform movement. The QotD is archived on PNHP's website

Right now we have a chance to change history. We should make widely available John Geyman’s book based on sound, effective policy – just what the nation desperately needs..

By John Geyman, M.D.
Copernicus Healthcare, January, 2015

As we all know, the intense debate over Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is a polarizing issue that sharply divides political parties and the public. Confusion reigns over its benefits, problems and prospects as claims and counterclaims fill press and media coverage.

This book is an attempt to make sense out of all of this - to cut through the rhetoric, disinformation and myths to assess what is good and bad about the ACA, and to ask whether or not it can remedy our system's four main problems - uncontrolled costs, unaffordability, barriers to access, and mediocre, often poor quality of care.

In Part One, we will briefly trace historical roots of various reform attempts over the years, and summarize some of the major trends that have changed the delivery system, professional roles and values, the ethics of health care, and the role of government vs. the private sector. In Part Two, we will compare the ACA's promises with realities of what it has accomplished, examine its initial outcomes on access, cost containment, affordability and quality of care, ask whether its flaws can be fixed with a private insurance industry, and point out the lessons that we can already take away from the first five years of the law. In Part Three, we will discuss the many myths that are perpetuated by opponents of single-payer national health insurance (NHI) and show how that approach stands ready to deal directly with what has become a national disgrace - our increasingly fragmented and cruel health care system that serves corporate interests at the expense of ordinary Americans. We will make the case for NHI in three ways - economic, social/political, and moral. Most other advanced countries around the world came to this conclusion many years ago.

Why this book now? With the 2014 midterm elections behind us, divisions between the parties are even more polarized. The future of health care is even more uncertain. The 2016 election cycle is already underway, and both parties have to confront the failures of yet another incremental attempt to reform our so-called health care system. We have a short year and a half to re-assess where we are and try once again to get health care reform right. As much of the public knows all too well, the stakes get higher every day.

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Alert: Some OHP clients may lose coverage

Forward from

Allies for a Healthier Oregon (AHO) - We Can Do Better

Dear community partner : 

Are you seeing clients who received a notice from the Oregon Health Plan saying their coverage will end soon? 

67,000 low income Oregonians were just recently told by the state that they (or their citizen children) will lose their Oregon Health Plan coverage at the end of January or February.  Those people received a notice in the last 6 months telling them they need to go through a renewal or re-determination process in order to keep their OHP coverage.   Many of those people tried to renew or re-determine (some by going to the federal healthcare.gov website, some by trying to call OHP, some by trying to get help from their local self-sufficiency office/case worker) but are still getting a letter from OHP saying something like:

“Your Oregon Health Plan benefits are ending.  We have not received your renewal information.  Your benefits will end on  (date)”.

Some people are getting notices from OHP in a language they don’t understand and are not sure how to respond to the notices.   

The Oregon Law Center and Legal Aid Services of Oregon are trying to help people who tried to renew or didn’t understand that they needed to renew keep their Oregon Health Plan coverage.  If you are providing services to (or assisting) a client/patient who is going to lose their OHP (or their citizen children will lose their OHP coverage) and who tried to “re-determine” or couldn’t understand what to do due to language barriers, please contact Beth Englander at the Oregon Law Center, at 503-473-8321.  

Thank you for your time. 

Being uninsured in America will cost you more

Timing will be critical for uninsured people who want to avoid the rising penalties for 2015 , because Feb. 15 is the last day of open enrollment under the health law. After that, only people with special circumstances can sign up. But just 5 percent of uninsured people know the correct deadline, according to the Kaiser poll.

Ryan Moon of Des Moines expects to pay a $95 fine when he files his taxes because he had no health insurance in 2014.  

Ryan Moon of Des Moines expects to pay a $95 fine when he files his taxes because he had no health insurance in 2014.
 

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
Associated Press, Dec 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015.

It’s the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year, as required under President Obama’s law. Those who were uninsured face fines, unless they qualify for one of about 30 exemptions, most of which involve financial hardships.

Dayna Dayson of Phoenix estimates that she will have to pay the taxman $290 when she files her federal return. Dayson, who is in her early 30s, works in marketing and does not have a lot left over each month after housing, transportation, and other fixed costs. She would like health insurance but she could not afford it in 2014, as required by the law.

‘‘It’s touted as this amazing thing, but right now, for me, it doesn’t fit into my budget,’’ she said.

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HCAO has Lunch with Louden

Mike Huntington, Cheryl Simpson and Lee Mercer recorded an internet streaming program with the Coffee Party, a program called Lunch With Louden, hosted by Jeanene Louden. 

Here is a link to today's internet interview.  It has a few technical glitches but gets quite a bit of information out there about the HCAO Rally and the movement.

This show will be streaming nationally, available to the 550,000 folks on the Coffee Party list. When Jeanene played our Rally PSA on their Facebook page she said it got 3,000 hits!

See you at the Rally!

Register Here for Feb 11 HCAO Rally on Capitol Steps in Salem

Bitter Pill: A Critical Review

by Tim Roach, Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates, Corvallis

Steven Brill's been making the rounds with media of late, plugging his newest book, America's Bitter Pill--Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System. His recounting of the making of the sausage that is the Affordable Care Act is both interesting and informative, as is his enumeration of its flaws and shortcomings. He is spot on when he focuses on the costs of health care that continue to spiral higher and higher and its related profiteering. I appreciate his reporting of such matters. We are agreed, our nation needs to move beyond Obamacare!

However, when Brill transitions to his final chapter and attempts to speak prescriptively about what we might do to make the best of -- or even "fix" -- our "old jalopy" of a healthcare system, in my opinion, his wisdom fades. For starters, he views America's health insurers as victims of our nation's dysfunctional health care system, rather than major actors/enablers of that system. Furthermore, his basic prescription leans heavily upon a provider-insurer model (with the leadership of such oligopolies restricted to physicians) with government regulation.

As Brill himself describes his script--"Let the foxes run the henhouse -- with conditions." I, for one, see danger and warning signs all over such a scenario. It seems to me that, for some reason, Brill longs to mirror in our health care system many of the same elements that led to the recent fiasco with the nation's banking industry.

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