September HCAO Newsletter

September HCAO Newsletter:
Our Mission is in Overdrive!

President's message: Getting Improved Medicare for All--State and National Pathways!

--Tom Sincic, Family Nurse Practitioner, President Health Care for ALL-Oregon
Greetings fellow Single Payer Supporters! Our mission is in overdrive. The hype around the introduction in the Senate of the "Medicare for All" bill has vastly increased attention to this issue. We now get to wage this fight on two fronts, both in Oregon and nationally. We can and will do both because we have a large potential volunteer force that will be HCAO's responsibility to harness. Engaging with those who have indicated a willingness to help is high on my priority list. If you are interested in connecting to a Committee, I encourage you to contact the Committee Chairs directly. Listen here to what a Canadian Doctor says about Single Payer..

We must of course continue to build an HCAO database of 80,000 supporters. This must be a primary element of every activity. What is needed now from you:

You can find more about me HERE.

Health Care for All-Oregon's Statewide Meeting:Organizing our Movement


Health Care for All Oregon member organizations' and local action groups' delegates, individual members and other supporters will gather October 21, in Portland to celebrate victories, plan strategies and strengthen our movement to create universal health care in Oregon.

Register HERE

Saturday, October 21 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Registration starts at 9:30 a.m.)
SEIU 503, 6401 SE Foster Rd, Portland

Thanks to you, health care justice is building in Oregon and across our country.  Signs of energizing times: more than doubling of our Oregon lawmakers signing on as co-sponsors to HCAO's universal health care Bill, a national Medicare for All Bill recently released, and numerous successes rallying to stop the health care attacks.  Our HCAO mission needs you to seize the moment and join us on October 21.  Accomplishing our mission of equitable access to universal, publicly funded health care is within our reach.

Register NOW

Benjamin Gerritz, Vice President, Health Care for All Oregon


Health Care for All-Oregon (HCAO) invites you to join with us for a very special evening:
"Celebration to Honor Rep. Mitch Greenlick."

Come to the Riverside Golf and Country Club on Friday, October 6, for an evening of good food, good drink, and good friends all coming together to honor Mitch—a true healthcare hero!


The event is a benefit for Health Care for All-Oregon and features celebrity MC Adam Klugman, special guests, and more. Tickets are sold on a first-come/first-served basis, and they are going fast!

Order your tickets now ...

• On-line at Just click on Mitch’s photo and you’ll be taken to our Eventbrite ticketing site (
• By phone. Call the HCAO office at 503-206-6709
• By mail. Send your check to HCAO, 1443 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97233.

Before the dinner event, HCAO-Action, HCAO’s advocacy partner, is sponsoring a golf ball drop. Top prize is $1,000. Purchase y our ball drop tickets HERE.


For more information, email HERE.

How Do We Measure Progress Toward Universal Health Care?

-- Lee Mercer, Mobilization Committee Chair
As many of you are aware, the Health Care for All-Oregon board has a four-year strategic plan culminating with a ballot measure in 2020 to achieve universal publicly funded health care in Oregon. Less of you are aware that, last year, the board put in place an Operational Plan with numerous benchmarks measuring our progress towards that goal.

Medicare For All is Back on the Table

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--Christopher Lowe op-ed
In 2009 Improved Medicare for All single payer health care was put “off the table” in national health care debates in Congress. Today it is emphatically back on the table.

Senator Bernie Sanders has sponsored a Medicare for All Act in the Senate, with co-sponsorship from sixteen other senators. His bill resembles Representative John Conyers’ H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act in the House, which has gone from 62 co-sponsors in the last session of Congress to 117 and counting this session. Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley is a co-sponsor of Sanders’ Medicare for All Act. Oregon Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici and Peter DeFazio are co-sponsors of H.R. 676.

Medicare for All Act of 2017: Making Health Care a Human Right

Sanders' press conference on Medicare for All Act- SB 1804
Executive Summary
Options to finance Medicare for All
SB 1804 Medicare for All Talking Points


House parties about health care in other developed countries

--Ken Rosenberg
HCAO is sponsoring house parties showing the PBS documentary about health care in other developed countries, Sick Around the World: Other Rich Countries Have Universal Health Care; Why Don’t We? In the film, T.R. Reid (Washington Post journalist and ColoradoCare activist) examines first-hand how other advanced capitalist democracies--United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland--deliver health care, and what the United States might learn from their successes and their failures.

After showing the one-hour DVD, an HCAO volunteer will facilitate a discussion about Health Care for All-Oregon and Improved Medicare For All.

If you (or a friend) can host a house party, please contact Ken Rosenberg, 503-493-0322.


Nurses Speak Out
Read the first newsletter of Nurses for Single Payer: September 2017


News from Around the State


Single Payer in the News


Economic Credentialing Reduces Access to Care
A doctor's personal story

Guest Opinion by Dr. David Russo
Much of the "health care debate" is not really about health or even health care. Rather, it's about financing the purchase of insurance products. And, having health insurance doesn't mean you have access to the care you need. Even for patients with “good” employer-sponsored insurance, the gap between "the best care" and "what is covered by my insurance" continues to grow. Smack dab in the middle of that gap sits insurance companies who use their business practices as a form of economic credentialing to ration and deny care.
The Lund Report, September 13, 2017