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 Thursday, February 1, 2018

By Samuel Metz, M.D. | Portland (Ore.) Tribune, Feb. 1, 2018
Measure 101 barely saved Oregon's Medicaid funding for two years, but our health care (like that in the 49 other states) is still the world's most expensive.

Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

By Peter Mahr, M.D. | The Oregonian (Portland, Ore.), September 27, 2017
As a family physician, I was trained to guide patients through difficult times with clinical expertise and emotional support. But I am finding it increasingly difficult to provide this care.

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

By Courtney Sherwood | The Lund Report, May 31, 2017
U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer touted single-payer healthcare as a solution to the nation’s tangled and expensive system of care on Tuesday, in a speech before a politically supportive audience at First Unitarian Church of Portland.

Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2017

By Paul F. deLespinasse | Statesman Journal (Salem, Ore.), Feb. 2, 2017
Donald Trump promises to “repeal and replace” Obamacare and has said that replacement and repeal should be simultaneous. Let’s hope he insists on simultaneity. Repeal would be delayed since there is no Republican consensus on a replacement. But delay is preferable to the mess caused by a mere repeal.

Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2017

By Diane Lund-Muzikant | The Lund Report (Portland, Ore.), Feb. 1, 2017
The recent study by the RAND Corp. that looked at the feasibility of a single payer system has given renewed hope to advocates, while concerns are being raised about how such a system would play out financially.

Posted on Monday, January 16, 2017

By Michael Huntington, M.D. | Albany (Ore.) Democrat-Herald, Jan. 16, 2017
The writer equated Medicare to a single-payer system, but Medicare is prohibited by law from being a single-payer system like those that are so successful in other countries.

Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2016

By Michael Huntington, M.D. | Corvallis (Ore.) Gazette-Times, Letters, Dec. 29, 2016
My friend, a business owner in Corvallis in his early 50s, tells me the following. There are now only two health care “insurers” available to him in Benton County. His premium for a single person in 2017 would be about $9,500 per year for a “Gold” plan or about $6,500 for a “Bronze” plan.

Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

By Mark Kellenbeck | Portland Business Journal, Sept. 28, 2016
It was with interest that our Health Care for All Oregon membership, 19,000 advocates and 120 organizational members throughout the state of Oregon, read the Guest Opinion in the Sept. 15 issue of the Portland Business Journal by Anthony K. Smith, the state director of the National Federation of Independent Business.

Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016

By Paul Gorman, M.D. | Portland (Ore.) Business Journal, Sept. 15, 2016
Working as an Oregon physician for over 30 years, in small town primary care and big city academic medical centers, I have become convinced that single payer is the only way to achieve the health care system we need and deserve.

Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2016

By Bennett Hall | Corvallis (Ore.) Gazette Times, July 21, 2016
Don’t let the name fool you. Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates may sound like just another local nonprofit, but the Corvallis-based group’s impact and influence extend far beyond its regional roots.

Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2016

By Samuel Metz, M.D. | The Oregonian
This month, the Oregon Health Authority made a wise decision: It approved the RAND Corporation to perform its legislatively mandated study of financing high-value health care in our state.

Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

By Bennett Hall | Corvallis Gazette-Times
As the owner of MCS Industries, a Pennsylvania manufacturer of home décor products with 160 employees, Richard Master has firsthand experience with the relentlessly rising cost of health care, for both companies and workers.

Posted on Friday, May 20, 2016

By Elizabeth Hayes | Portland (Ore.) Business Journal
The Oregon Health Authority has selected RAND Corp. to conduct an independent study of different ways of configuring Oregon’s health care system, including a single-payer model.

Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2016

By Elizabeth Hayes | Portland (Ore.) Business Journal
Three doctors from Portland are among the 2,200 physicians from across the U.S. who signed a proposal for a publicly financed, single-payer health system. The proposal, drafted by the nonprofit Physicians for a National Health Program and published in the American Journal of Public Health, calls for replacing the Affordable Care Act...

Posted on Saturday, March 19, 2016

By Chris Gray | The Lund Report (Portland, Ore.)
The Oregon Health Authority has finally released a request for proposal to analyze the financing of healthcare in Oregon and provide for a possible state-based universal healthcare system, such as single payer.

Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

By Jan Johnson | The Lund Report
“We have a byzantine system,” said Gorman, with an estimated $350 billion difference in the cost of administration between the Canadian and U.S. health systems and makes health literacy almost impossible. When his attorney son was struggling to choose a health plan, Gorman and his wife, both physicians, couldn’t help figure which health plan was best.

Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

By Samuel Metz, M.D. | The Register-Guard
In every population where it’s used, here or abroad, single-payer health care provides better care to more people for less money than America’s private health care insurance. That wasn’t changed by the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

By Sam Metz, M.D. | The Lund Report (Portland, Ore.)
The tragedy of the Roseburg shootings did not end when Christopher Harper-Mercer shot himself after killing nine people at Umpqua Community College. The injured survivors now find themselves unable to pay for the medical care their injuries require.

Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2015

By Michael Huntington, M.D., and Bruce Thomson, M.D. | Corvallis (Ore.) Gazette Times
The Money and Markets section of the Gazette-Times on Aug. 13 reported that stock values of the top four health insurance companies had increased 31 percent this year (S&P 500 companies were up “only” 5 percent). This news is welcome for some but bad for all, a perverse byproduct of an overpriced health-care industry.

Posted on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

By Peter Wong | Portland (Ore.) Tribune
SALEM, Ore. -- A journalist turned activist says that it’s more likely that Colorado, not Oregon, will be the first to lead the United States in providing health coverage for everyone.

Posted on Friday, July 24, 2015

By Chinh Le, M.D. | Corvallis (Ore.) Gazette Times
Balancing medical costs, funding, and benefits is like a game of bouncing hot potatoes. Another term is “cost-shifting." One way or another, we will all pay for them.

Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2015

By Shelby Sebens | The Lund Report
T.R Reid is hoping that Colorado is the first state in the nation to provide a healthcare system that covers everyone. But he’d still be happy if Oregon got there first.

Posted on Wednesday, July 8, 2015

By Samuel Metz, M.D. | Portland (Ore.) Tribune
The Federal Aviation Agency reports that not all airline accidents are caused by bad weather. Some pilots, in a crisis, succumb to “hazardous attitudes,” making a bad situation worse. By teaching pilots to overcome these attitudes, flying becomes safer. And so it is with health care.

Posted on Wednesday, July 8, 2015

By Chris Gray | The Lund Report (Portland, Ore.)
Sen. Michael Dembrow’s bill to study healthcare financing in Oregon died on Friday, but it rose again on Sine Die Monday, as Sen. Alan Bates, D-Ashland, reaffirmed his support in a 16-14 vote on the final day of the 2015 legislative session.

Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

By Chris Gray | The Lund Report (Portland, Ore.)
The Oregon universal healthcare financing study bill cleared the top budget committee after a contentious hearing Monday, with $300,000 attached to design the best way of financing a universal healthcare system in Oregon.

Posted on Monday, June 15, 2015

By Samuel Metz, M.D. | Anesthesiology News
Unhappily, our success in rock ’n’ roll, technology and finance does not translate to health care. Americans pay twice as much as citizens in the average industrialized nation — our health care is the most expensive on earth. Yet our public health is a disgrace. There are 60 other countries where a pregnant woman and her baby have better chances of surviving the pregnancy. American diabetics are more likely to suffer a foot amputation from an untreated ulcer than are diabetics living anywhere else where you can drink the tap water.

Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

By Saerom Yoo | Statesman Journal (Salem, Ore.)
Advocates for a universal state health system urged legislators Monday to consider how Oregon could create a publicly funded, single-payer health system.

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”).