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Union County constituents of Rep. Greg Walden poster Walden office
Cheryl Simpson reports that Union County constituents of Rep. Greg Walden met on Tuesday March 14, at Walden’s Eastern Oregon office in La Grande to express opposition to the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act by the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee chaired by Walden.
Walden’s Union County constituents have repeatedly requested a public meeting to discuss their concerns. Walden has not responded to these requests, although he was recently in La Grande for a private meeting with a local service club.
To reaffirm their invitation to Walden, constituents covered his office windows with petitions and posters asking “Where’s Walden?” and opposing the loss of health care which would result from the actions of Walden’s committee.
This action was a special early morning “Truth Tuesday” event. The rest of the month members of Union County Progressives, Union County Women’s March Huddle, Indivisible and other Eastern Oregon progressive groups and concerned citizens will be gathering on Tuesdays at Walden’s office at noon to seek an audience and share their concerns.
Kathy Filip reports a Feb. 18 showing of Now Is the Time at the Unitarian Church, with 100 attending; organizers gathered signatures, and there were a lot of good questions. The group also worked on goals for education for the year. The Eugene City Council has yet to pass their resolution. They attended a DeFazio Town Hall, asking “What would it take to support HR676?”; in response, DeFazio asked for more up-to-date financials, so Mike Huntington passed on updated information from PNHP’s Ida Hellendar.
Kathy Showalter reports three showings of Now is the Time, which were well-attended, with 75 at the downtown showing; 50 at the Beaverton Library showing, and 21 at a showing to a Bernie Sanders group in Hillsboro.
Gary Sinnen reports planning for the April 15 kick-off to revitalize the Clackamas County Chapter.
Mike Huntington highlights two recent showings of the film Now is the Time, with 78 and 41 attending- they gathered signatures and answered questions. The cinema owner is open to future showings. MVHCA members testified for HB2115 (Community Benefits and Transparency) and HB 2122 (CCO’s). He and members of the Education Committee and Speakers Bureau are holding an April 29 Speakers Bureau workshop in Portland, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be videoed to help meet deliverables of the McKenzie River Gathering grant.
Lee relates that 160 attended a Silverton screening of Now is the Time, with Bob Wickline playing guitar before the showing, and lots of support sheet sign-ups. Chapter members attended local rallies, with HCAO shirts and banners. The group attended the Cover All Kids hearing, and Lee testified for Rob Nosse’s bill on controlling prescription prices.
HCAO on TV in Southern Oregon
Wes Brain reports that the Feb 25 HCAO rally was shown on CBS affiliate KDRV ch. 10 TV. Today KDRV has a story with video about the mental health disaster facing patients and health care professionals here in Southern Oregon, and it covers our HCAO Health Care rally held in Ashland. Go HERE.
Here are two photos of our rally. We had well over 100 people attend the rally held next to Pioneer Hall in Ashland’s Lithia Park.
Obamacare supporters march down Stewart Parkway
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Health Care fro All-Oregon supporters joined marchers walking from Sportsman's Warehouse to CHI Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg to rally for the the Affordable Care Act Saturday afternoon, Feb. 25, 2017.
New participant Galinda Smith highlights working on a successful civil rights resolution in Talent (pop. 6,600), as well as an upcoming Talent resolution that urges the Oregon legislature to create an affordable comprehensive state health care system. The resolution will be presented the Talent City Council on April 19, and she expects it to pass. The group did one Fix It showing, and will do four more- they feel it is helping in education and gathering signatures.