HCAO January Newsletter

Think big with HCAO in 2018. Everybody In! Nobody Out!!

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The final push to pass Measure 101 is on. Thanks to statewide Health Care for All Oregon activists for your tireless work on the Yes on Measure 101 campaign. If we managed to save health care for hundreds of thousands of Oregonians, it will be because of your efforts! Much appreciation to all who have helped. Stay focused on the "YES" vote. Get your vote in and ask everyone you know to do the same.

Health Care as a Human Right Lobby Day is FEB 7

Rep. Greenlick’s Hope Amendment, HJR 203, which would amend the Oregon constitution declaring health care as a fundamental right, has a tentative hearing in the late afternoon. We have reserved Room 243 from 9 a.m. to 5 p,m. in the Capitol as a coordination center to pick up your packets and report on your legislative visits. Click here to get the most recent HCAO Legislative Update for meetings with your legislators.

HCAO Member Meeting is May 19 in Eugene

We need Members. If you are not yet a member, please join now (only $30 annually or as Sustaining Member for $10 monthly) or make a one-time donation of $10 now. Encourage others to become a Health Care for All Oregon Member.

Recommended Legislative Constituent Contact Actions as of Jan 16

The most important item for HCAO-Action in the 2018 session is Mitch Greenlick’s proposed constitutional amendment, HJR 203. Prior to the session, a “yes” vote on Ballot Measure 101 on the January 23 special election is critical--see Health Care Industry Assessment Increase below.

Get Out The Vote!

2018 will provide a marvelous opportunity for Oregon to create a universal health care plan. There are two convergent legislative efforts underway that could result in the legislature presenting a plan to the voters:

  • Rep. Greenlick’s proposed HOPE amendment.
  • Rep. Greenlick organized a Universal Access to Health Care work group. chaired by Rep. Andrea Salinas. This work group had its first meeting on January 9 and will submit a report to the legislature no later than November 2018. This report should provide the legislature with “an incremental road map to creating a system of universal and affordable health coverage for all Oregon residents.”

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Join us on the HCAO National Committee Strategy! Now is the time for Medicare for All!

National single payer has been gaining traction with increased congressional support and news coverage. HR.676 now has 120 co-sponsors. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All bill has 16 co-sponsors. We will be working to help pass single payer on the national level, by working to keep that momentum going here in Oregon. 

HCAO’s mission statement is: “To work for an equitable, affordable, comprehensive, high quality, publicly funded universal health care system serving everyone in Oregon and the United States.” State and national work support each other. Working on the national level increases support for single payer, which supports Health Care for all Oregon's bill. Passing the state bill will make it easier for other states to do the same and increases the pressure on Congress to pass Medicare for All. Read More

News from Around the State here

Let's base our M101 vote on facts

The Oregonian recently called for voters to base their decision about Measure 101 “on facts not on inaccurate or misleading information.” Yet, The Oregonian seems to be fueling, and ignoring a good deal of inaccurate and misleading information from the opposition side. Read More

Rally and parade in SE Portland to support Measure 101

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Rachel Prusak, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
People came out of their homes and cafes to hear the band, watch the parade and get information about 101. Please vote, canvass, phone bank, and get everyone you know to turn their ballots in. A YES vote will show the country we Oregonians care about each other and  won’t let those in power take health care away from our most vulnerable communities.

Watch the video that captures all the musicians, artists, families, activists, state representatives, health care advocates, physicians, and nurses who came together in support of measure 101. Special thanks to Unpresedented Brass Band, Tawna Sanchez, Alissa Keny-Guyer, Janelle Bynum and all the amazing organizers. Here's the Video, filmed and edited by William Louviere

Is Health Care a Right or an Entitlement?

Michelle Chaffee, Founder and CEO at Alaska LinkedIn Top Voice. Published Dec 12, 2017
“In the back of my mind I know this could mean I don’t detect something as soon as I should again and that it can literally mean the difference between life or death.” Read More

Health Care 2017 in Review

Laurie Simons on Dec 17, 2017 and edited by Terry Sterrenberg.

The past year, 2017, has been a remarkable year for health care reform in the United States. After decades of activism, advocates are closer than ever to achieving a single payer, medicare-for-all system that covers everyone. Watch Video Here