Strategy talk for Interfaith Health Care Committee Forum Oct 1, 2013,
by Camilo Marquez, MD
[We have created] a society in which materialism dominates moral commitment, in which the rapid growth that we have achieved is not sustainable environmentally or socially, in which we do not act together as a community to address our common needs, partly because rugged individualism and market fundamentalism have eroded any sense of community and have led to rampant exploitation of unwary and unprotected individuals and to an increasing social divide – There has been an erosion of trust – and just not in our financial institutions. It is not too late to close these fissures.
-Joseph Stiglitz, Free Fall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy, Norton, 2010
Let me begin by defining some concepts that set the frame for this discussion of strategy. Health Care for All Oregon sounds straightforward, but it contains a set of various concepts and structures. First of all it is an idea that carries our standard and expresses our moral position. This idea establishes our goal and creates an objective which can be measured as a criterion of success and efficiency. Second, Health Care for All Oregon is an organization/coalition of member organizations and regional chapters. When referring to it as an organization, I will use the acronym, HCAO. Lastly, Health Care for All Oregon is the title of a legislative proposal that Representative Dembrow has introduced.
The goals of HCAO are to win passage of the Health Care for All Oregon Plan and to support a similar effort on a national level. We are focused on winning the first goal and have included in our strategic plan which is a dynamic ongoing process, the following operational objectives:Read More