By Laurie Labbittt Perry, for MidValley Health Care Advocates
A reminder that this Friday, April 5, the legislative hearing on House Bill 3260 (authorizing a funding feasibility study for Oregon's health care delivery system) is scheduled at 1:00 pm at the Capitol. We have chartered a bus from Corvallis/Albany which will leave from the Unitarian Universalist parking lot at 11:30 SHARP (please arrive by 11:15 and plan to park either on Circle or Firwood adjacent to the church as there is a memorial service scheduled that afternoon that we need to be considerate of for parking availability.) We're not taking advance reservations for the bus - first come, first served, with car pool organized in case of overflow. Donations are welcome! Present scheduling has us returning to Corvallis by 4 pm, although it's possible that it would be a bit later due to delays/changes in the hearing agenda which are beyond our control.
Attending this hearing will provide up-to-date detailed information about House Bill 3260. The bill calls for a thorough study of universal health care systems that will meet the strict criteria of quality and choice that Mid-Valley Advocates considers important and, in addition, it requires a recommendation of the type of financing that will best fit Oregon's needs. Attendees will provide support for universal health care and will also gain insights into legislative processes and how citizens can maximize their input. Rallies provide an outlet for enthusiasm; hearings provide deeper understandings and are equally or more valuable.
NOTE: Our latest recommendation is that we NOT wear our red t-shirts, that we attend as respectful observers while making a statement about the wide support this bill has from Oregonians by virtue of our presence.