As we look around rural Oregon we see extreme health disparities. We believe healthy living through community gardens; better nutrition through Farm to School and local fresh food; a healthy environment free of coal; and strong rural economies are key to the health of our rural communities. But we also need equitable access to quality health care. We believe this is a matter of justice because health care is a human right.
The health care system is broken in ways that the Affordable Health Care Act, so called “Obamacare,” will not fix. Even with some significant restrictions to health insurance companies, such as the elimination of so called “pre-existing conditions” limitations the new law will not fundamentally reform the financing of health care. It will not ensure that all have access to health care, not just health insurance.
Health Care for All–Eastern Oregon
Oregon Rural Action-Health Care for All-Eastern Oregon is committed to organizing citizens from Eastern Oregon to create a Health Care System that works for all of us. We are a part of the statewide coalition, Health Care for All-Oregon (HCAO), that includes over 60 organizations that are working towards the same goal-Health Care for All–”everyone in and no one is out!”