By Adam Gaffney, The Guardian, February 25, 2018
Now is the time for Medicare for All!
--Debby Schwartz, for the HCAO Mobilization Committee.
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.
HCAO Legislative update
--Charlie Swanson, HCAO Legislative Chair
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. See Affordable Health Care as a Fundamental Right below.
· 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 resident s.”
PLAN TO GET TO THE CAPITOL THAT DAY TO VISIT YOUR LEGISLATORS AND ATTEND THE HEARING.
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.
STAY TUNED FOR FINAL CONFIRMATION OF THIS FEB 7 LOBBY DAY.
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.
--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.
WATCH VIDEO HERE
Filmed and edited by William Louviere
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.
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. See Mobilization Chair Lee Mercer's message below for the plan.
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.
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?