Letter to Eugene Weekly, 7/30/15
by Marc Shapiro, Eugene
On July 6, the Legislature passed HB 2828, which was signed by Gov. Kate Brown July 22. This bill is one of the most important bills to pass the Legislature in this session. It will fund a study to determine the most effective and economical way to deliver health care services to all of Oregon’s residents. The implementation of the results of the study will have the potential to be transformative. It could end the economic and emotional terror that is associated with needing health care that is unaffordable.
Health care-related bankruptcies in Oregon could become a thing of the past, and implementation in Oregon could lead to change nationally.
Oregon has implemented many innovative health care programs, but the splintered, non-comprehensive approach seems to continually leave the end product — universal, comprehensive health care services for all residents — out of reach.
This passage of this bill is a major step toward making this long sought-after care a reality in Oregon.