We are writing this letter in support of Health Care for All - Oregon. Health Care for All –Oregon aims to create a comprehensive, equitable, publicly funded, high quality, universal health care system that would serve Oregon and the United States.
We believe that health care is a human right and should be available to everyone without exception and without barriers to healthcare. We need a system that is transparent and accountable to the people that it serves. Healthcare must be available on an equal basis and not rationed by cost.
It is well past the time in our state and country to recognize the right of all people to enjoy access to healthcare. Other developed nations such as Canada and the nation states of Europe already have similar systems such as we are promoting in this letter. These systems have been in place for years and have provided their citizens with longer life expectancy at a lower cost than we enjoy in this country. The United States appears to be the only industrialized country in the world that does not have a universal health care system.
If as the “Declaration of Independence” states that we the people have an inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the state and country need to adopt a universal health care system so that everyone can have the same rights and privileges.
In December 2012 a United Nations Resolution was passed encouraging governments to move towards providing universal access to affordable and quality healthcare services. We need to act on this resolution now.
Janet R. De With House Dist. 24 Senate Dist.12
Jane Kristof House Dist 24 Senate Dist 124