Oregon Information

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For information on rallies and upcoming events, please go to the Health Care for All Oregon site: http://www.healthcareforalloregon.org/

To sign our statement of support for single-payer universal healthcare in Oregon please go to this link: http://pnhporegon.org/resolution/

Media Contacts

Mike Huntington, MD
(541) 745-5635

Dr. Huntington went to OSU then OHSU for medical school and later residency in radiation oncology. Between medical school and residency he interned at Madigan Hospital in Tacoma, Washington, and was an Army flight surgeon for two years.

Since his retirement in 2006 he has joined with several other physicians and other activists in Corvallis to form a group whose mission is to learn and teach about the urgent need for healthcare reform.

Paul Gorman, MD
(503) 292-4669

Dr. Paul Gorman, is Associate Professor in the department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE) at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU). He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, with Added Qualification in Geriatrics and is on the teaching faculty in at OHSU as well as at Providence Portland Medical Center. Currently, Dr. Gorman is co-investigator of an AHRQ funded systematic review of barriers to the use of health it by vulnerable populations, and as Principal Investigator of AHRQ funded research to improve medication safety, “RxSafe: Shared Medication Management and Clinical Decision Support for Rural Clinicians.”

Peter Mahr, MD
(503) 988.5155

Peter Mahr, is a family physician who currently works at the Student Health and Counseling Center at Portland State University and is attending Portland State University's Masters in Public Health  program.  He previously worked for 10 years at East County Health Center in Gresham, Ore., which is a primary care clinic run by Multnomah County that provides care for the under-served. He is dedicated to the care of the under-served and a strong proponent of a national, single-payer health program.  He is a member of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) and the president of the PNHP Portland chapter. He is also a clinical assistant professor at Oregon Health and Science University in the Department of Family Medicine. He graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in 1998 and finished his residency at Oregon Health and Science University in 2001.

Paul Hochfeld MD
Emergency Physician
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Corvallis, OR
Graduated UC San Diego School of Medicine, M.D. 1978

I'm Mad As Hell because we have a broken, non-system of health care in this country designed and implemented around profit, not people.  It not only represents a health crisis, it is also a fiscal disaster that threatens the solvency of our government. Some form of Single Payer is the only solution.

Rick Staggenborg, MD
(541) 217-8044

Dr. Staggenborg is a psychiatrist who most recently worked at the VA outpatient clinic in North Bend, Oregon. Before that he worked at as the Medical Director at a community mental health clinic, providing care in both cases to under-served populations. He specializes in the non-pharmacological treatment of PTSD, using a combination of individual, group and family therapies. He ran for the US Senate in 2010 with a promise to introduce a constitutional amendment to abolish corporate personhood. He sees making corporate campaign contributions illegal as the only sure path to a national single payer health system.

Currently, he is working full time for the single payer, the end of the wars and other social justice causes.

On the Mad as Hell Doctors tour he said "I am mad as hell that our government puts the interests of corporations above those of the People."

Local Unions Endorsing HR676

  • Branch 82, National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)

Oregon State News

Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015

Northwest Labor Press (Portland, Ore.)
A coalition of more than 100 organizations — including many labor unions — rallied at the State Capitol Feb. 11 where they called on Oregon lawmakers to create a single-payer health insurance system. Bills have been introduced in previous sessions but have gone nowhere. State Sen. Mike Dembrow (D-Portland), a member of American Federation of Teachers-Oregon, is leading the charge.

Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2015

By Peter Wong | Portland (Ore.) Tribune
State Sen. Michael Dembrow and a few hundred people have not given up on a single-payer system under which the government pays for all health care.

Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015

By Chris Gray | The Lund Report
Two years ago, the Legislature authorized an examination of universal healthcare, but asked the private sector to pick up the tab. That effort foundered when donors -- and dollars -- failed to materialize.

Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2014

By Samuel Metz, M.D. | The Lund Report (Portland, Ore.)
Honoring a rather unpleasant tradition, the September issue of Health Affairs published yet another peer-reviewed study confirming that administrative costs in the U.S. healthcare system are the highest in the world. These administrative costs do not improve patient care. They pay for more administrators.

Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014

By Samuel Metz, M.D. | Portland (Ore.) Tribune
What are the saddest parts of the Cover Oregon debacle?

Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014

By Paul Hochfeld, M.D., Chinh Le, M.D., Betty Johnson and Mike Huntington, M.D. | Corvallis Gazette-Times
“Gaming the system,” using misaligned performance measurements as financial incentives, organizational insularity and secrecy is seen in many sectors of our society, but it is especially damaging in the current medical industrial complex. What needs to be learned from the VA scandal is a cautionary note that no system can be insulated from public accountability and transparency.

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

By Bob Fischer | Register Guard (Eugene, Ore.)
Single-payer is about financing health care. It’s like Medicare. Under a single-payer system, the government pays the bills and health care delivery is left in the hands of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals, a matter between patients and their doctors. Unlike private insurance companies, the government doesn’t intrude or interfere.

Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

By Bennett Hall | Corvallis (Ore) Gazette-Times
Gerald Friedman is an economist, and when he crunches the numbers on health care, he comes up with what he believes is an inescapable conclusion: a single-payer system is the way to go.

Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

By Samuel Metz, M.D. | The Oregonian
We are the only country in the world that uses our medical records, along with residence, age, military status, number of co-workers, our employer’s choice of insurance companies, part-time status, income and size of family to determine how much care we will receive and which providers we can see. We then repeat this every time we change residence, age, military status, etc.

Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

By Michael C. Huntington, M.D. | Corvallis Gazette-Times
The answer to our health care mess is a publicly designed, financed and managed health care system, commonly known as single-payer healthcare or Medicare For All. The Affordable Care Act, despite its good features such as prohibition of insurance denial because of pre-existing conditions, is programmed to fail because it does not control costs, and it maintains the fragmented private insurance system that is geared for profit of a few instead of health for all.

Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013

By Leigh Dolin, M.D. | The Lund Report (Portland, Ore.)
If competition is so wonderful, why don’t we have competing police departments, fire departments and armed services? Clearly, the business model -- competition and making a profit -- is not always appropriate.

Posted on Friday, September 20, 2013

By Michael C. Huntington, M.D. | Register-Guard (Corvallis, Ore.)
In response to a July 31 column about single-payer health care, Reginald Jensen, a retired insurance underwriter, strayed from credibility as he dismissed the ability of single-payer systems to lower costs (“Single-payer system is just too costly to work”).

Posted on Friday, September 20, 2013

By Betty Johnson | Gazette-Times (Corvallis, Ore.)
Members of Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates posed this question to area residents at the celebration of Medicare’s 48th birthday party at Riverfront Park this summer: How would your life be different if we had Medicare for all?

Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013

By Christen McCurdy | The Lund Report (Portland, Ore.)
The end of July marked the 48th anniversary of the signing of the Social Security Act which turned Medicare and Medicaid into law.

Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013

By Christen McCurdy | The Lund Report (Portland, Ore.)
Supporters of a single-payer healthcare system may decide to put the issue before voters in 2016, depending on what members of the statewide coalition who were behind this year's failed single-payer bill in the Oregon Legislature decide at next week's annual meeting.

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

By Christopher David Gray | The Lund Report
SALEM, Ore. -- Wes Brain was uninsured last winter when a tonsillectomy showed signs of throat cancer. He qualified for the high-risk Oregon Medical Insurance Pool, which the state has administered through Regence BlueCross BlueShield.

Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013

By Bill Whitaker | Wallowa County Chieftain (Enterprise, Ore.)
Many Wallowa County families and businesses are facing financial catastrophe because of the increasing cost of health insurance and medical care. They hope that the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) will cure their problems. Unfortunately it will not.

Posted on Monday, April 15, 2013

By Christopher David Gray | The Lund Report (Portland, Ore.)
The Affordable Care Act will roll out next year, and Oregon has instituted its own pioneering health care delivery reforms through coordinated care organizations.

Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013

By Bennett Hall | Corvallis (Ore.) Gazette-Times
Oregon health care reformers are hoping a measure working its way through the Legislature will help them prove what they’ve been claiming all along: that a single-payer system is the cheapest way to provide quality care for all.

Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Northwest Labor Press (Portland, Ore.)
SALEM, Ore. — Advocates for single-payer health care in Oregon made their voices heard in Salem Feb. 4 — the opening day of the 77th legislative session. Among the nearly 1,000 people gathered at the noontime rally on the front steps of the State Capitol was State Rep. Michael Dembrow (D-Portland). A member of the American Federation of Teachers, Dembrow is co-chief sponsor of the Health Care for All Oregon Act, which would set up a comprehensive taxpayer-supported health care system. The draft legislation currently has 24 sponsors, including rookie state Rep. Jennifer Williamson (D-Portland), who is co-chief sponsor.

Posted on Wednesday, February 6, 2013

By Christopher David Gray | The Lund Report (Portland, Ore.)
SALEM, Ore. – Nearly a thousand people swarmed the front of the Oregon Capitol Building for the opening session Monday, demanding that Oregon become the second state to enact single-payer health care legislation, which would set up a government financing system to pay for and provide health care coverage and access for all Oregon residents.

Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013

By Bennett Hall | Corvallis Gazette-Times
SALEM, Ore. — Hundreds of people from all over Oregon rallied in Salem on the first day of the legislative session to call attention to what they claim is a broken health care system and call on lawmakers to enact reforms.

Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012

By Gabriel Edwards | The Pulse (OHSU Student Newsletter)
There’s another question I’ve considered as I get through the first year. I wonder what our country’s health care system (the system in which I will practice medicine) will look like in the next few years. Embedded in this question is one thing I’m certain of: our health care system is broken.

Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012

By Christen McCurdy | The Lund Report (Portland, Ore.)
State groups hope to raise support for a single-payer bill this winter.

Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2012

By Samuel Metz, M.D. | Street Roots
Does the specter of your family going bankrupt from a disease not covered by your health insurance keep you staring sleeplessly at the ceiling? Have you lost hope that our country will ever get the health care system we need?

Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012

By Samuel Metz, M.D. | Street Roots (Portland, OR)
PNHP note: The following series of three articles appeared between Sept. 26 and Oct. 23 of this year in Street Roots, a member of the North American Street Newspaper Association. A fourth installment is expected soon. The writer, an anesthesiologist in Portland, is active in Physicians for a National Health Program, Mad as Hell Doctors, and Health Care for All Oregon.

Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012

By Diane Lund-Muzikant | The Lund Report (Portland, Ore.)
Despite the emphasis on health care transformation, evident by the $1.9 billion in federal funds that Governor John Kitzhaber garnered to implement coordinated care organizations, the single-payer movement isn’t dead in Oregon. Its champion, Rep. Michael Dembrow (D-Portland) plans to re-introduce the same legislation again next February. In 2011, it received a hearing in the House but stalled there (House Bill 3510).

Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012

By Bennett Hall | Gazette-Times (Corvallis, Ore.)
On a recent Wednesday night in Corvallis, a dozen people sit around Nadine Grzeskowiak’s living room sipping organic lemonade and munching gluten-free pie while video images flickered on a screen.

Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012

By Samuel Metz, M.D. | The Oregonian
Is the Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act good news or bad? It depends on who you are.

Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012

By Amanda Waldroupe | The Lund Report (Portland, Ore.)
Three prominent critics of the country’s current health care system and ardent reform advocates appeared in Portland today to discuss their views on health reform, President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and what ought to be done to ensure that everyone has access to quality health care.

Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012

By Bennett Hall | Corvallis Gazette-Times
Taking a page from Vermont’s playbook, Oregon reform advocates plan to launch a major campaign to have health care declared a human right.

Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012

Salem-News.com (Ore.)
Delegates from 28 unions, nonprofits and grassroots organizations gathered in Portland on Friday, January 27, to form a new coalition that will advocate for universal health care in Oregon and the U.S. Seven labor unions joined with 21 community organizations to sign the membership agreement, approve bylaws, and elect an interim executive committee.

Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

By Chris Goeser, M.D., and Samuel Metz, M.D. | Statesman Journal (Salem, Ore.)
Without reform, American businesses can survive only by shifting escalating health care costs to someone else. A "defined contribution" plan allows just that — it moves increasing costs away from businesses and onto employees. These plans do nothing, of course, for those without benefits or without a job.

Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2012

By Amanda Waldroupe | The Lund Report
Healthcare advocates, medical professionals, and legislators are developing a state-wide grassroots campaign to start educating the public about a single payer health system to provide universal coverage for everyone.

Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

By Samuel Metz and Charlotte Maloney | The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.)
Modern mythology recounts James Carville giving candidate Bill Clinton memorable advice regarding his upcoming presidential campaign: “It’s the economy, stupid.” Those of us wrestling with health care reform might take similar advice: “It’s the financing, stupid.”

Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011

By Oregon Single Payer Coalition | The Lund Report
The Oregon physicians group Mad As Hell Doctors received a prestigious award in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 29 at the annual meeting of the Physicians for a National Health Program. The Dr. Quentin Young Health Activist award was accepted by Dr. Michael Huntington, a Corvallis doctor and a founder of the group, on behalf of MAHD.

Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2011

By Bill Graves | The Oregonian
A group of Oregon physicians who call themselves the Mad as Hell Doctors failed to put a single-payer option on the table in Congress' debate on health reform two years ago, but they did win a national award recently for trying.

Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011

Oregon Health & Science University Medical School News
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Allen Andrews, MS3, and Richard Bruno, MS3, recently contributed to a paper on health care reform titled, “Healthcare Reform and the Next Generation: United States Medical Student Attitudes toward the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”

Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2011

By Christen McCurdy | The Lund Report
Oregon Health and Science University medical student Richard Bruno has taken his passions – healthier diets for kids, improved working conditions for medical students, preserving access to abortion training and investigating the feasibility of a single-payer healthcare system – to a national level.