News from Around the State
Health Care Petition Campaign
The Health Care Reform ActionTeam of Oregon Rural Action has launched a petition campaign documenting citizen support in La Grande and Union County for securing quality, affordable health care, a top priority for millions of Americans. We are asking ORA members who reside in Union County to sign the petition. You may sign a copy in the ORA office, or if you would like to help circulate the petition in Union County, you can view and print 1) a copy of the draft resolution, 2) petition forms, and 3) instructions for petition circulators here. As you complete your petitions, please drop them off at the ORA office in the box provided on the front table, and pick up as many additional forms as you need. Our goal is to gather at least 250 signatures by December 1. We will then present the petitions to the La Grande City Council and the Union County Board of Commissioners asking both bodies for their support.
Local resolutions supporting single-payer, universal health care for all Oregonians are being adopted in cities throughout the state. If you would like information or suBig Pharna sceebubpport on initiating a petition documenting citizen support for publicly funded health care in your home community, please contact Bill Whitaker.
HCRAT screening Big Pharma
HCRAT will be screening Big Pharma - Market Failure in the the last week in January 2018/
Big Pharma is a documentary film by Vince Mondillo, Richard Master, Wendell Potter, and Henry Nevison. This eye–opening account describes the dynamics behind the escalating cost of pharmaceuticals in the U.S. and the impact of soaring healthcare costs on U.S. businesses, working families and our overall economy. It proposes a simple fix that mirrors a “best practice” utilized throughout the industrialized world. Watch the film trailer HERE.
Health Care for All Oregon House Parties and Information Sessions
One of the best ways to learn more about Health Care for All Oregon’s efforts to secure a single-payer option on the 2020 state ballot is to host a gathering or house party. HCAO house parties provide an opportunity to learn more about the benefits of a universal publicly funded health care system for Oregon (aka Single Payer system) and what is being done to bring the Health Care for All Oregon Plan to everyone in the state. To learn more about this opportunity in our area, please contact Anna Maria Dill , 541-786-5471.
Submitted by the Health Care Reform Action Team (HCRAT)
At the Health Care for All-Oregon (HCAO) Member Meeting October 21, 2017 in Portland.
Theme: Organizing local groups for universal "single payer", publicly funded health care.
Better Care--To More People--For Less Money!
Cheryl Simpson attended the Health Care for All Oregon (HCAO) Member Meeting October 21, 2017 in Portland. representing HCAO member Union County Democrats. Bill Whitaker attended representing HCAO member Oregon Rural Action-Health Care Reform Action Team. Also in photograph: Karen Baker, Portland Metro; Lee Mercer, Silverton/Salem; Bruce Thomson, Corvallis. Lee and Bruce traveled to La Grande earlier in the year to participate in the film screening of Now is the Time in La Grande and Union. Great night! La Grande City Mayor Steve Clements shared why he supports health care for all people.
LWV hosts educational forum on universal health care, Nov 9, in Medford
"Universal Coverage — How Do we Get There?"
The League of Women Voters Rogue Valley sponsored an educational forum on Health Care, and Health Care for All Oregon-Rogue Valley turned out in force. HCAO-RV’s Bill Walsh along with this wife Shirley Weathers were key organizers who worked with the League to make this forum happen, as were presenters Dr. Julian Bell and Nurse Practitioner Lauri Hoagland.
Here is the quick overview for the event:
- The League of Women Voters Rogue Valley sponsored this event.
- Universal Coverage — How Do we Get There?” was held at the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center in downtown Medford, Oregon on November 9, 2017
- 70 People attended.
- Bill Walsh facilitated the panel discussion and then oversaw questions from the audience
- Panel presentations came from two local providers, Pulmonologist Doctor Julian Bell and Family Nurse Practitioner Lauri Hoagland
- HCAO-RV was present with a table providing t-shirts, buttons, bumper stickers and literature. Participants signed Pledge of Support form to join statewide database.
- The League of Women voters collected written questions from the audience. After these were exhausted the panel took additional questions directly from the audience.
- A number of doctors and nurses were in attendance and several stood up with favorable comments during the Q&A part of the program.
- LWV-RV stated intentions to provide another forum specifically on Oregon’s Measure 101 which will be up for election in January, 2018
Submitted by Wes Brain, HCAO-Rogue Valley
Uniting For Justice — A Community Forum against Hate, Oppression and Bigotry
Health Care for All Oregon’s Rogue Valley Chapter (HCAO-RV) shared a table with Our Revolution Southern Oregon (ORSO) at the Old Ashland Armory on October 22, 2017. Indivisible D2 organized the event entitled Uniting For Justice, a Community Forum against Hate, Oppression and Bigotry. The forum was a smashing success with a reported packed house of 400 seated and 100 standing. Some two dozen organizations supported the event with many of them staffing tables. Featured speakers included Oregon State Representative Pam Marsh (District 5) and Oregon’s United States Senator Jeff Merkley.
The Jefferson Center screened Fix It in Ashland on Sunday, November 12
Joseph Graf, who chairs HCAO’s Rogue Valley chapter, and his wife Sandra Coyner, who sits on the HCAO Board of Directors, organized a screening of Fix It with a follow-up Q & A discussion on Sunday, November 12, at Pioneer Hall in Ashland’s LIthia Park. Nineteen attendees included a number of mostly retired professionals who had many questions. Some were tough ones which were met with thoughtful, informed answers. The Jefferson Center is one of HCAO’s member organizations, and it is inspirational to see organizations take the lead with local grass0root events.
--submitted by Wes Brain, HCAO-Rogue Valley