Regarding Lou Sinniger’s Dec. 24 letter, important things relating to the delivery of health care have been happening in the Oregon Legislature for years. I would never have known that had The Register-Guard been my only source of state news.
In 2013, the Legislature passed House Bill 3260, which authorized the Oregon Health Authority to conduct a study to determine the best and most cost-effective way to deliver comprehensive health care to Oregonians.
The bill passed, but without funding. Its primary accomplishment was to outline what a comprehensive health plan for Oregon would provide. This year, the Legislature passed House Bill 2828, which provided $400,000 to fund the study.
The product of the study, due next November, should enable the state to define and implement — or refer to voters — a plan for universal health care in Oregon.
Meanwhile, Senate Bill 631, a work in progress, would go a long way toward defining the provisions for universal health care in Oregon.
It’s incomplete because it needs the results of the HB 2828 study to determine the detailed cost of its implementation, and to provide options for how it could be financed.
With 72 percent of Lane County bankruptcies related to the health care costs, The Register-Guard should make that kind of information a priority in its news reporting.
For those who are interested, Health Care for All Oregon (hcao.org online) meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St.