Successful local resolutions
City of Portland (10/19/16) – The Portland city commissioners unanimously passed a resolution saying, “The Portland City Council encourages the Oregon Legislature to create a transparent public process for designing a system of affordable health care for families, businesses, and society.” More information can be found HERE (which includes a link to the text of the resolution) and the hearing can be watched HERE. The text of the resolution can be found HERE.
City of Ashland (11/8/16) – In the November 2016 election, 87% of Ashland voters said yes to the question (measure 15-154), “Shall Ashland voters encourage the 2017 Oregon Legislature to design an improved comprehensive health care system for Oregon?” More information can be found HERE.
City of Corvallis (11/8/16) – In the November 2016 election, 75% of Corvallis voters said yes to the question (measure 2-95), “Shall the Oregon legislature, through a public process, develop a health care system that serves all Oregonians?” More information can be found HERE. A Fact Sheet prepared by Mike Huntington for the use of canvassers can be found HERE.
City of Silverton (3/13/17) – City Council urges the Oregon legislature, in the 2019 session, to refer to the voters a measure creating an equitable, comprehensive, affordable, high quality, publicly funded health care system serving everyone in Oregon. The system should be transparent and accountable, involve meaningful public participation, and be affordable for families, businesses, and society. A copy of the resolution is available HERE.
City of Eugene (4/19/17) – Eugene passed (6 to 1) a resolution saying, “The Eugene City Council urges the Oregon legislature, in the 2017 session, to create a transparent public process to design a healthcare system that provides timely access to comprehensive health care for all Oregon residents with equitable access, ensures choice of providers, has effective cost controls, and has a focus on preventative care. The process should begin with information and recommendations from the study authorized by HB 2828 from the 2015 legislative session, which investigated the financing system to best meet the criteria described in chapter 712, Oregon laws 2013. The proposed system should be affordable for families, businesses, and society, and should be enacted or referred to the voters in a timely manner.” A full copy of the resolution can be found HERE,
City of Talent (5/17/17) – A Resolution to support cost-effective high qualitry health care for all Oregonians
Local Resolution Strategy
HCAO’s new strategic plan has an action that we hope many activists will help with immediately – getting local resolutions from municipalities, counties, and perhaps school boards. A local resolution could be in support of an appropriate response by the state to the HB 2828 study, or it could be more general support of the sort of universal health care system we want.
Purpose – Local resolutions can serve HCAO in several different ways
a. Support a push for the state to respond appropriately to the HB 2828 study, or to support the general notion of an equitable, comprehensive, affordable, publicly funded, high quality health care system serving everyone in Oregon and eventually the United States.
b. A campaign for local resolutions can have powerful effects in building local solidarity and enthusiasm among HCAO members and supporters and in generally recruiting new supporters.
c. The most powerful local resolution will involve as many people as possible in the conversation. Convincing a local government to pass a resolution by gathering many signatures (informal, not as a filed initiative) can open dialogue with many. Even better is convincing the local body to put the resolution on the local ballot to involve voters. In a few (but not most) localities, this can be done by initiative petition.
2. How to do the campaign – Mobilization, Education, and Communications committees will work with the Legislative committee to help local groups with this task. Suggested steps to take for a successful campaign. If you have questions, contact Charlie Swanson.
3. Content of a resolution – The text of the successful resolutions listed above can be used as templates for further proposed resolutions. It is reasonable to mix and match individual clauses as appropriate.
4. Where should HCAO seek local initiatives? Everywhere in Oregon where activists think it would be useful. The resolutions could be from a city, a county, or an organization.