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Health Care for All-Oregon Celebrates Medicare’s 49th Birthday All Over Oregon

On July 30th, Medicare turns 49! HCAO activists are gathering for a “week of action” in communities across the state. Throughout Oregon rallies, special events, leafleting, postcards to legislators, op-eds and letters to the editor are spreading the word that we want health care for all people in Oregon. 

Check out our Events page for ideas and to see what is happening in Oregon.

Everybody in and nobody out!

Medicare fight ain’t over, Wyden says

Senator Wyden

Senator Wyden

Jul 2, 2014, 1:29pm PDT 
by  Elizabeth Hayes ,
Staff Reporter- Portland Business Journal

Sen. Ron Wyden may not have been able to pass the Medicare payment reform he wanted this spring, but don’t count out the possibility of it happening yet this year.

A defiant Wyden told the Business Journal staff he is still determined to overhaul the “sustainable growth-rate formula” (known as SGR), which the Senate has patched 17 times since 1997 to prevent steep cuts to physicians.

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U.S. doctors migrating north

by Wendy Glauser
CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), June 19, 2014

TORONTO -- With the prospect of greater pay, fewer bureaucratic headaches and the opportunity to provide better care for patients, the number of American doctors migrating north is rising, according to Canadian recruiters and Canadian Medical Association data.

Susan Craig, president of the Toronto-based physician recruiter, Susan Craig Associates, said that Canada is becoming "increasingly attractive," while John Philpott, the Halifax-based chief executive director of Can-Am Recruiting, noted "interest is doubling each year for American doctors" seeking to move north.

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Chicago Jobs with Justice endorses H.R. 676

Single Payer News, June 22, 2014

The Chicago chapter of Jobs with Justice has endorsed H.R. 676, national single-payer legislation sponsored by Congressman John Conyers of Michigan. H.R. 676 is also called “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All.”

Susan Hurley, executive director of Chicago Jobs with Justice, commented on the resolution: “Single-payer health care has to be our ultimate goal in the United States. It is the only humane and civilized choice, as well as being the best choice for health outcomes and cost.”

“The longer the delay, the deeper our shame in the eyes of the world and future generations,” Hurley stated.

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Fight for Health Care Justice Moves to States

[Note: Lee Mercer is misquoted in this article; we don't have 800 member organizations! We wish we did, though.]

A Vermonter testified at a state senate hearing on universal health care. “Our most powerful organizing tool was to get people to tell their own stories about the injustices of the for-profit health care system,” one organizer said. Photo: Vermont Workers Center.

A Vermonter testified at a state senate hearing on universal health care. “Our most powerful organizing tool was to get people to tell their own stories about the injustices of the for-profit health care system,” one organizer said. Photo: Vermont Workers Center.

by Mark Dudzic and Jenny Brown for Labor Notes, June 13, 2014

Following the lead of tiny Vermont, advocates of Medicare for All are developing state campaigns to win health care that eliminates insurance companies and covers everyone.

Beginning in 2017, the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, allows the federal government to grant a waiver to any state that wants to introduce “innovations”—provided the coverage is at least as comprehensive, extensive, and affordable as coverage under the ACA.

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Next Steps for Single Payer Unclear While Dembrow Keeps Fighting

Senator Michael Dembrow at the HCAO Annual Meeting 2014

Senator Michael Dembrow at the HCAO Annual Meeting 2014

The state senator told Healthcare for All Oregon that a single-payer bill will need bipartisan support in the Oregon Legislature.

by Christen McCurdy for The Lund Report, 6-19-14

Sen. Michael Dembrow (D-Portland) told members of Health Care for All Oregon Saturday afternoon that he plans to keep fighting to bring single-payer healthcare to the state – although the next steps remain unclear. 

About 100 people from around the state gathered at Unitarian Church in downtown Portland for HCAO's annual meeting to discuss strategy for a single-payer solution. 

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VA Care: Still the Best Care Anywhere?

Political Animal Blog,
Washington Monthly, June 03, 2014
y Phillip Longman

Last week, when I accepted an invitation to go on Hugh Hewitt’s nationally syndicated talk show, his first question to me was, “So how does it feel to be the author of a book about the VA that has been thoroughly discredited?”

Well, yes, as the author of the title Best Care Anywhere, Why VA Health Care would be Better for Everyone, it’s been dispiriting to have it confirmed by a preliminary inspector general’s report that some frontline VA employees in Phoenix and elsewhere have been gaming a key performance metric regarding wait times. But what’s really has me enervated is how the dominate media narrative of the VA “scandal” has become so essentially misleading and damaging to the cause of health care delivery system reform.

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