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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.

Universal Healthcare Expert to Visit Oregon, Tout Single Payer Plan

Efforts are underway in Colorado and Oregon for universal healthcare.

T.R. Reid

T.R. Reid

by Shelby Sebens for The Lund Report
July 21, 2015

T.R Reid is hoping that Colorado is the first state in the nation to provide a healthcare system that covers everyone. But he’d still be happy if Oregon got there first.

“Some state has to get this going and prove that it will work and then it will spread,” Reid said.

An author and chairman of the Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care, Reid will be in Oregon this weekend touting healthcare for all. Advocates in Colorado will put a measure on the 2016 ballot. Though the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, was intended to get every American insured, the Congressional Budget Office predicts 31 million people will still be uninsured as of 2025.

“The Obamacare solution doesn’t get us there,” said Reid, who has traveled the world studying universal healthcare in other countries. “It’s a national disgrace that we would have 31 million people uninsured in the world’s richest country.”

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MEMORANDUM: AFL-CIO on Medicare

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MEMORANDUM
To: Executive Council Members
DATE: June 26, 2015
RE: July 30 th National Day of Action

(Excerpt)
We need to mount a vigorous defense of Medicare and ensure that President Obama will veto any privatization of Medicare. As the AFL-CIO statement on healthcare reform says, adopting “Improved Medicare for All” is the only solution to the increasing cost and access problems of our current healthcare system.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

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My View: Oregon needs to get a better attitude

     Sanuel Metz, MD

     Sanuel Metz, MD

The Portland Tribune, Tuesday, 07 July 2015
by Samuel Metz

The Federal Aviation Agency reports that not all airline accidents are caused by bad weather. Some pilots, in a crisis, succumb to “hazardous attitudes,” making a bad situation worse. By teaching pilots to overcome these attitudes, flying becomes safer.

And so it is with health care. Oregonian voters have our own “hazardous attitudes” that worsen the impending health care crisis. Overcoming these attitudes means health care becomes less expensive, more accessible, and, like aviation, safer. But before correcting these attitudes, we must identify them.

The FAA’s hazardous attitudes are simple: Antiauthority, impulsivity, invulnerability, “machoness,” and resignation. Voter attitudes toward health care are far more complex.

First hazardous attitude: “Other people should only get the health care they can pay for.” This is certainly true today. And without action, it will be true indefinitely. Other industrialized nations, all of which provide better care to more people for less money, adopt a different attitude: Everyone needs health care, so let’s find the best method to achieve it.

Second attitude: “Restricting access to health care reduces costs.” Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia advocates closing emergency rooms to people who can’t pay, thus saving money for taxpayers. This radical proposition certainly benefits wealthy taxpayers without emergent needs. But for the rest of us, helping wealthy taxpayers by denying emergency care to our families could mean dying on the doorsteps of an emergency room.

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