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Dembrow Intends to Keep Single Payer Movement Alive Next Session

The Portland legislator is convinced that a single payer health system is the most affordable and comprehensive option

By: Diane Lund-Muzikant, from The Lund Report

October 18, 2012 -- Despite the emphasis on healthcare transformation, evident by the $1.9 billion in federal funds that Governor John Kitzhaber garnered to implement coordinated care organizations, the single payer movement isn’t dead in Oregon.

Its champion, Rep. Michael Dembrow (D-Portland) plans to re-introduce the same legislation again next February. In 2011, it received a hearing in the House but stalled there (House Bill 3510).

This time around, Dembrow has his eyes set on having public hearings in both the House and Senate healthcare committees.

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