by Samuel Metz, MD
Oregon should delay single payer health care for another decade.
Let’s listen to what people are saying:
payer is not feasible.”
and the CCOs need decades to show what they can do.”
health care changes are not achievable in our current political
these aren’t opponents speaking; these are purported single payer
need for a single payer solution to our health crisis grows daily.
Every day, another Oregonian dies of a treatable disease because they
lacked money for treatment. Every day, 30 Oregon families go bankrupt
from medical costs. Every day, Oregon’s health care costs go up
another $6 million.
worst enemies are not single payer opponents. Our worst enemies are
Ruth Duemler and Lou Sinniger
every Oregonian have affordable health care? Great turnout from
Eugene and all around the state to rally for Health Care for All!
Three buses plus some car pooling from Eugene joined dozens from as
far as way as Coos Bay, Prineville and Ashland, and even LaGrande
brought 22 health care advocates.
are underway for state and federal health care, but hundreds of
Oregonians gathered at a rally Monday said they want lawmakers to
move further toward establishing a universal single-payer system.
Representative Mike Dembrow greeted the crowd and assured them that
he was busy enlisting co-sponsors for his Affordable health Care for
All Oregon Act that will be introduced this session. Good news!
An estimated 1,000 people held up Health Care for All signs, chanted
and even sang at the Capitol’s steps to show their support for such
legislation. Read More
of Color and new Immigrant and Refugee Voter Turnout Raises Bar for
Ore. -- In Oregon, a new alliance of communities of color, immigrants
and refugees unifying organizations and advocates across the state
announce their Health Equity Agenda for 2013 and Kickoff Event 6:00
PM Thursday November 29th, 2012 at the Irvington Covenant Church in
The Oregon Health Equity Alliance (OHEA)
works to improve the well-being and prosperity for all Oregonians
through policy advocacy that addresses the root causes of health
disparities, improving care and lowering costs. Member
organizations helped register over 8,500 new voters, educate voters
on key issues and increase turnout. “The demographics of
Oregon have changed and our communities can no longer be ignored”
says Kayse Jama of the Center for Intercultural Organizing, adding,
“we expect our elected officials to address the needs of all
Oregonians”. Read More