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Job Announcement: Health Care for All-Oregon seeks Executive Director

    Health Care for All-Oregon seeks a dynamic and creative Executive Director to shape, inspire, and manage the organization’s future, in close collaboration with its talented team of hard-working staff, enthusiastic statewide volunteers and committed Board of Directors. 
    Health Care for All-Oregon is a 501©(4) nonprofit based in Portland, OR, with a sister organization, the HCAO Education Fund, a 501©(3) charitable organization. HCAO is a statewide coalition of over 110 member organizations, working to bring universal, publicly funded health care to Oregon and (eventually) the entire United States.
    The Executive Director is responsible for operations and personnel management, fundraising and fiscal oversight, board engagement and community relations, and working with a growing network of volunteers building Oregon’s health care reform movement.
    For more information on HCAO and HCAO EF go to www.hcao.org  and www.hcaoef.org.
Please see Job Description Here.
     We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, a pleasant working environment and an exciting opportunity to work for one of Oregon’s foremost change campaigns. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale ranging from $45,000 to $55,000, commensurate with experience.
      HCAO is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Qualified candidates from diverse personal, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
    To apply: Send a cover letter describing why you believe you are a strong candidate for this position, a resume describing relevant education, training and employment and three references to: Health Care for All-Oregon, 619 SW 11th Ave., #121, Portland, OR 97205, or e-mail to lee@mainstreetalliance.org. Applications will be reviewed beginning April 30, 2015.

For further information contact Lee Mercer, President, Health Care for All-Oregon, 831-818-5247lee@mainstreetalliance.org

The Grand Bargain vs. Real Health Care and Budgetary Reform,

By Camilo Marquez MD

What are the essential elements of the health care crisis? I would say increasing costs, relative poor outcome per unit of cost, lack of access to care due to lack of insurance coverage and health care disparities, together with unequal standards of care. All of these issues are related to the way health care resources are allocated. We have not resolved as a society how those resources should be allocated or on which factors, moral, political or economic, should the decision be based. In the United States our health care system is highly fragmented, and each of these factors is involved to different degrees in guiding the decisions in different segments of the system. In countries which have a unified social insurance program, it would be easier to identify the principles by which the distribution and level of social welfare benefits are governed.

A governmental budget is a political, social, economic and moral document. What would we appreciate of those factors in an analysis of the federal budget? And even more challenging, what would we learn of an assessment of the budget-making process? I think here one might invoke the proscription of knowing how a piece of legislation or a sausage is made. Someone said that politics is the authoritative allocation of scarce resources. While I thought that was the purview of economics, it suggests that control over resources is governed by the exercise of political power. This notion brings us to consider the current issue under discussion in Washington and the media, the so-called “Grand Bargain/Fiscal Cliff” debate over the reduction of budget deficits.

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Post election deficit deal threatens Medicare and Social Security

By: Kay Tillow Saturday October 6, 2012 2:46 pm

The solution is Improved Medicare for All

After the November election, there will be a major effort in Congress to pass a budget deal that will make cuts in Social Security, raise the Medicare and Social Security eligibility age, and perhaps more–unless we act to stop it with a solution that is close at hand. 

There is agreement from the Wall Street Journal’s David Wessel to liberal economists Dean Baker and Paul Krugman that the pressure will be on to reach a Simpson/Bowles type of compromise.  Such a bipartisan plan would damage our most cherished programs and excuse the dastardly deed by asserting that the cuts are small and necessary because of the deficit. 

Those who relentlessly scream at us and finance ads to persuade us that the deficit threatens our grandchildren are obscuring the truth.  The fact is that the transfer of wealth from public funds and the rest of us to the super rich is the real crisis.  But those who have gorged themselves on this massive transfer of wealth also seek to undermine the Medicare and Social Security which are our grandchildren’s heritage from generations of struggles for a better life.

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