By Peter Nordbye, Chair of Clackamas County Democratic Party
On the day after the resounding victory of the passage of Ballot Measure 101, I reflect on some of the issues surrounding this victory.
First and foremost, Oregonians can take pride in stepping up and supporting our legislature’s efforts to ensure healthcare for those in most need. Because of this overwhelming vote in favor of Measure 101, over 400,000 Oregonians are protected, who would have been denied, the healthcare marketplace can be stabilized, and our legislature can focus on solving other problems facing our state. Continue reading
This week’s meeting of Clackamas Democrats will bring two noteworthy bits of information: one is a report by PCP Don Klosterman, of Charbonneau, on Oregon’s single payer medical system, and the other is a surprise announcement concerning the State Democratic Party.
When half of the nation’s bankruptcies are directly attributable to people’s inability to pay their medical bills, something is wrong. When a person in emergency need of a physician at a hotel out of town is billed $850, but the bill is reduced to $280 once it is turned over to medical insurance, something is wrong.
These and other examples, not to mention the highest-priced medicine in the world without the highest quality performance, will be addressed in Don’s presentation, which begins at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:15 at the Operating Engineers Hall, 555 SE 1st, in Gladstone. See you there!
Health Care for All Oregon (HCAO) supporters will descend on the Capitol steps in Salem on Wednesday, Feb. 11, from 11 am to 1 pm, to rally and call on state legislators to act on a proposal to provide a “Medicare for All” health care system that covers everyone with no co-pays and deductibles.
The rally program includes speakers such as Senator Michael Denbrow and music from Oregon performers such as Norm Sylvester singing “The Health Care Blues,” the Raging Grannies, Salem’s Dr. Atomic, Anne Weiss, and David Rovics, along with”Mad as Hell Minutes,” when individuals can share their own health care stories.
Health Care for All Oregon is a coalition of over 100 organizations supporting the HCAO mission: “To create a comprehensive, equitable, affordable, publicly funded, high quality, universal health care system serving everyone in Oregon and the United States.” Coalition members include unions, businesses, advocacy organizations, and political, religious and local community groups from around Oregon. To learn more or to be one of the 2500 people participating in the rally see http://hcao.org/Rally-on-the-capitol-steps-2015/ or register at www.hcaoRally.net.