Oregon Information

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.

Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011

By Samuel Metz, M.D. | The Oregonian
Medicare turns 46 this week and there is much to celebrate. Medicare assures health care for seniors who might otherwise find health care inaccessible. It saves our government money. It makes the lives of our seniors better.

Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011

Although innumerable studies have shown that health insurance provides both health security and financial security, some have contended that insurance is not necessary, especially for low income individuals, since they can find care through our safety-net institutions. As President George W. Bush stated, "After all, you just go to an emergency room." This study, the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment (Oregon HIE), puts an end to that contention. Low income Oregon residents who were selected by a random lottery to be enrolled in Medicaid fared significantly better than those who were randomly excluded.

Posted on Wednesday, June 8, 2011

By Samuel Metz, M.D. | The Oregonian
Robin Hood was legendary for stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Now Rep. Paul Ryan proposes to do the opposite: He will rob poor seniors of their health care dollars and give tax breaks to the rich.

Posted on Tuesday, June 7, 2011

By Tom Duncan, M.D. | The Daily Astorian (Ore.)
At its May meeting, the Clatsop County Medical Society hosted Dr. Paul Gorman, an internal medicine specialist at Oregon Health & Science University, who spoke about the ongoing health care crisis and the future of American medicine.

Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2011

By BENNETT HALL | Corvallis (Ore.) Gazette-Times
After years of fighting for single-payer health care, Dr. Paul Hochfeld is trying to change the terms of the debate. These days, he favors the label "publicly funded" instead.

Posted on Friday, April 8, 2011

PNHP note: Nancy Raskauskas of the Corvallis Gazette-Times, in her April 4 story about the Corvallis City Council’s meeting that same day, notes: “The council voted 6-3 in favor of supporting House Bill 3510 which would create a single payer health care system for Oregon.” The text of the council's resolution follows

Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

By Samuel Metz | The Oregonian
Am I crazy, a physician embracing legislative efforts to create a single-payer health care system in Oregon? You be the judge.

Posted on Monday, March 14, 2011

By Rebecca Robinson | The Lund Report (Portland, Ore.)
Supporters of single-payer healthcare legislation had their day in Salem Friday, with a well-attended hearing on the Capitol steps and an emotional hearing for the single-payer bill, House Bill 3510, before the House Health Care Committee.

Posted on Monday, March 14, 2011

By Bill Graves | The Oregonian
A House hearing Friday on a bill to establish a single-payer universal health care plan in Oregon drew testimony from about two dozen people, most in favor of the proposal.

Posted on Monday, March 14, 2011

By BENNETT HALL | Corvallis Gazette-Times
Shortly after noon on Friday, state Rep. Michael Dembrow stepped to the microphone and addressed a crowd of about 150 people gathered on the steps of the Oregon Capitol in Salem. “You look so healthy,” he told his audience. “You must all have good health insurance.”

Posted on Monday, March 14, 2011

By BENNETT HALL | Corvallis Gazette-Times
It’s 8 o’clock in the morning, and Betty Johnson and Mike Huntington are huddled around a cordless phone set up on a folding table in Johnson’s Corvallis living room. The two veteran health care activists listen intently to the voices coming over the speaker.

Posted on Monday, March 7, 2011

By Samuel Metz, M.D. | Portland (Ore.) Alliance
The private health insurance industry, sacred cow of Democrats and Republicans alike, produces a 40 percent administrative loss. This is not a misprint. Private health insurance financing is 10 – repeat – 10 times more costly than all known single-payer agencies.

Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011

The Oregon Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) and Mad As Hell Doctors (MAHD) will follow up on their landmark 2009 national tour and 2010 California tours with spirited rallies in Linn and Lincoln Counties during February. Their program will feature music by local musicians and the audience (singing); documentary videos by Paul Hochfeld M.D.; testimony by physicians and nurses; and “Mad As Heck Minutes” by audience members on screen.