BENNETT HALL Corvallis Gazette-Times
July 15, 2015
Medicare, the federal health insurance program for elderly and disabled Americans, is turning 50 this month, and local health care reform advocates plan to mark the occasion with a birthday party on the Corvallis riverfront.
The free event is sponsored by Health Care for all Oregon and Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates and will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Monroe Plaza, at Southwest First Street and Monroe Avenue next to the Corvallis Farmers Market.
It will feature live music, cupcakes and other party trappings, but don’t expect a festive atmosphere. While the event will celebrate Medicare’s success in providing coverage for one portion of the population, it will also draw attention to the fact that health care costs remain a tremendous burden for many Americans.
“We see a lot of needless suffering, people knowing that something serious may be going on, they have symptoms that are troubling, but either they have no insurance or they have something that is very common now, a high-deductible health plan … and they can’t afford to go to the doctor,” said Dr. Mike Huntington, one of the event’s organizers.