News from Around the State
Thanks to Corvallis and Ashland!
You voted, and you support universal health care in Oregon!
Thank you to the more than 19,000 of our Corvallis neighbors and a whopping 87% of voters in Ashland who helped pass city advisory measures in last week’s election. You voted overwhelmingly in support of health care for everyone!
Your efforts will help boost the argument in the Oregon legislature that this is what Oregonians want--universal health care, aka improved and expanded Medicare for all. Now, tell your friends all across the state to the same in all the Oregon towns and cities, east, west, north, and south--rural, urban, and coastal. All of them, so that universal health care becomes a reality in Oregon
We’ve already heard thanks from one State Senator. These important votes of support will help him to persuade others in the legislature to move forward on health care that covers all n one huge risk pool of everyone in our state. Go team!!
–Sandi Bean, Chair HCAO Communications, on behalf of all of us at HCAO and HCAO-Action
HCAO Albany: Edie Orner reports that her Interfaith group discussed the impact of the election. She also reports that HCAO-Albany will be sponsoring a screening of Fix-It at the Mennonite Village on Wednesday, November 30, at 2:30 p.m. in the classroom at Lakeside Center. Fix It: Health Care at the Tipping Point, outlines how publicly funded, privately delivered, universal health care would help all of us, especially small businesses. Come, see the film, ask questions, and be reminded of how, working together, we can bring about a health care system which cares for ALL of us. And costs less, too!!!
Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates:Tim Roach reports that MVHCA’s Candidates Forum on health care had 11 of 12 candidates participating, with 745 attending, and all felt it was a success. They also canvassed for the advisory Corvallis measure, which passed at about 3:1. MVHCA volunteers also worked to prepare for the Nov. 12 Membership Meeting in Corvallis.
Mike Huntington adds that the Corvallis local resolution was a good dress rehearsal for a statewide ballot measure effort, and that we learned hard lessons, such as how to collect money for a PAC. People enjoyed canvassing. Mike and Carol participated in the Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) March in front of Pharma in Washington DC. Mike says it was a good meeting, with tangible advice on how to take advantage of current political events to advance the unified payer cause.
For more news about Region 1, see the MVHCA newsletter.
Union County: Cheryl Simpson reports that Oregon Rural Action is screening Fix It, The Movie, in Union and La Grande, with Lee Mercer and Bruce Thomson facilitating discussion.
HCAO Rogue Valley: Joe Graf reports that the Ashland measure passed 87% to 12%.
Douglas County advocates Bob Bickers, Jean Galleher, Rick Staggenborg, and Joe Yetter tabled at the Oregon Coalition on Housing and Homelessness on November 3 at Seven Feathers Casino Resort. OCHH is a "statewide coalition of individuals and organizations working together as a force of change to end homelessness and increase affordable housing options in Oregon.” This was the first time that HCAO has tabled at this conference.
Bob reports that a chapter member also attended a NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) conference, making some contacts for future work with us. Bob was prohibited from taking part in the Veteran’s Parade with Dr. A'Orta, with organizers feeling that single payer was unrelated.
HCAO Eugene: Kathy Phillips reports that the Now is the Time film was shown, with 62 attending, and took in over $200 in donations and sales.
Metro Council: Cliff Goldman reports that he and David Young had several recent speaking events: (1) with University of Portland students; (2) at Central Lutheran Church; (3) at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, where they received a Faith Statement of Support and a donation to HCAO of $75.
Barbara Council relates that Portland also passed its local resolution. She attended a Unitarian Voices National Forum where they indicated that they may support a single payer proposal next year. She also tabled at the Unitarian Church after the election. and received a lot of positive feedback for Single payer health care. Both services were packed with standing room only in response to the negative vibe of the election results. People are being encouraged to get involved and not sit around feeling bad. Jim Robison also reports that a committee met on Nov. 17 to plan the next Inner City Blues Festival; they hope to build the amount of generated revenue, especially with additional sponsorships.
Lisa Stiller and Hyung Kyu Nam protested in downtown Portland, in front of the corporate Moda office, objecting to their 27% premium rate hike and decline in plans available on the exchange, with some counties only having two or three plans.