Our Stories

If we do not ensure that everyone has healthcare, who will suffer, and who will die?

We all have a health care story to tell, one of loss, needless pain and suffering, and even premature death. We need your story; please share it.

Philip Ratcliff

For some 20 years, Philip had belonged to a major HMO in California. On moving to Oregon in 2013, he reapplied with the same HMO, but was rejected due to pre-existing conditions. He applied again in January 2014, after the ACA was in effect. While the HMO promptly cashed his premium check, it also claimed to have lost all record of his application. By March, he thought he'd had it all straightened out, only to discover that the HMO hadn't been sending his monthly tax credits. The HMO once again informed him that he'd never been a member, though of course they'd been happily cashing his premium checks! It wasn't until Philip reached out to the Oregon Insurance Commissioner that the HMO reinstated his insurance and he was given the tax credits he was owed.

Jim Cameron, Small Business Owner

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Please watch this restaurant owner's story on YouTube.



Selly Crespi, Motel Manager in Yachats, OR

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Please watch her story on YouTube.



Sarah Brightman, Junction City, OR


A mother of 3 accumulates $70,000 in medical bills for her son over 5 years. Each year the family maxed out their deductible for him. That meant the family did not have money for other activities such as summer camps, vacation trips, household needs.

Jennifer Bagwell


My son has Type One Diabetes and I painted this painting using an actual receipt for Insulin. I'm using the image to teach empathy for patients. Type ones must have Insulin to live. Feel free to share.


Lisa and Chris, Wilsonville, OR

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Our daughter Mia is developmentally delayed and deaf. She's the poster child for pre-existing conditions and like many others, we were swimming in medical debt. We short-sold our home because her care - medications, specialists, hearing aids, counseling - was more important than owning our own house.

As parents of an adult daughter with developmental disabilities, cuts to medical care would hurt us financially, medically and dramatically reduce her quality of life. We urge all Oregonians to think hard about the profound impact reducing the availability of medical care will have on the lives of people with disabilities.

Kristi Reynolds, Student at Linn Benton Community College


Kristi Reynolds, shares her experience with our healthcare system. She developed tendonitis as she prepared decorations for her wedding. She could not afford the deductibles or co-pays required by her insurance plan, and so could not get the medical care she needed. Watch here store on YouTube.