Oregon Information

Posted on Tuesday, January 25, 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 bluegrass singer and composer Bob Wickline of Fox Island, Washington; documentary videos by Paul Hochfeld M.D.; testimony by physicians and nurses; and “Mad As Heck Minutes” by audience members on camera and on screen.

Posted on Monday, December 6, 2010

By Rep. Michael Dembrow | BlueOregon.com
I believe that the best solution to the problems that I mentioned will be a “single payer” system. This would be a system like Medicare, but extended to all. Everyone would pay into the system in a progressive manner, and it would relieve the burden on Oregon’s small businesses. Initial projections show that we could create a system that in total would cost no more than we are currently paying as individuals, businesses, and the state—but everyone would be covered, would have access to quality care by the provider of their choice, and the rise in costs could be contained.

Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2010

By James Pitkin | Willamette Week
After President Obama and Democrats in Congess failed to even put universal single-payer health care on the table, progressive groups say they’ll bring a bill to the Oregon Legislature in 2011 that would establish that option in the state.

Posted on Thursday, October 14, 2010

Single-payer health insurance is not a new concept, though it’s one that’s not always understood. It gets lumped into the term “government health care” and branded as “socialized medicine” like the national systems in, for example, Canada and Great Britain. However, as Dr. Paul Hochfeld noted, the proposals for the U.S. call for publicly funded, privately delivered care.

Posted on Wednesday, October 6, 2010

By Landon Hall | The Orange County Register
Bill Honigman, an emergency-room doctor at Kaiser Permanente in Anaheim and Irvine, says the only way to make real progress on a health care overhaul is to get rid of private insurance companies altogether.

Posted on Tuesday, October 5, 2010

By Carla Amurao | Santa Barbara Independent
Last night, the Mad as Hell Doctors, a group of activist physicians and health care providers, marched across town in an effort to raise awareness about universal health care and calling “Obamacare” a bare-minimum reform. From Anapamu Street to Canon Perdido, the sound of drums and cheers filled the air while passersby honked their horns and offered high fives and other plaudits.

Posted on Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The following interviews with three members of the Mad as Hell Doctors who are presently on a 24-city tour of California appeared in the Visalia (Calif.) Times-Delta, Oct. 2, 2010.

Posted on Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Nancy Crumpacker, M.D. | Letters to the editor | The Oregonian
Regence BlueCross BlueShield and other large insurers canceled their policies for children just before they would have had to accept any patient regardless of his or her medical condition. This confirms what we have long known: Since 20 percent of the population use up 90 percent of health care expenses in any given year, insurance companies make money by not insuring these costly patients.

Posted on Friday, September 24, 2010

By John Driscoll | Times-Standard (Eureka, Calif.)
In their pursuit of nationalized health care for everyone, Drs. Paul Hochfeld and Mike Huntington are under no illusions. They are swimming upstream.

Posted on Friday, September 10, 2010

By Bennett Hall | Corvallis (Ore.) Gazette Times, Sept. 8, 2010
The loose-knit group of Oregon physicians who barnstormed the country last fall to promote a national health plan are planning another road trip, this time to California instead of Washington, D.C. “California’s ahead of the rest of the states, but there’s more than a dozen that are formulating their own bills as we speak,” said Mike Huntington, a retired radiation oncologist and one of two Corvallis physicians involved in organizing the Mad as Hell Doctors.

Posted on Thursday, August 26, 2010

By David Rosenfeld | The Lund Report (Ore.)
A loose coalition of single-payer advocates in Oregon has taken the first steps toward developing legislation for the 2011 session

Posted on Friday, July 9, 2010

PETER MAHR, MD | Letter to the Editor | The Oregonian
Oregon faces a $577 million deficit, and state leaders propose cutting state services, slashing jobs and reducing funding for schools. I would like to point out that the United States' failure to enact a single-payer national health insurance program directly affects our current state budget problems.

Posted on Monday, May 17, 2010

By Samuel Metz | The Oregonian
How much would you pay to keep your private health insurance instead of a single-payer system? A thousand dollars? Ten thousand dollars? How about $350 billion?

Posted on Monday, March 1, 2010

By Peter Mahr | The Oregonian
Obama's health care proposal does not include any of the basic principles for true reform. Our inefficient, expensive patchwork system of health insurance would be maintained. For-profit financing would continue in the private insurance market while individuals and employers would be forced to buy it. Finally, there is no guarantee of universal coverage. Millions would be left without insurance and millions more would face financial hardship in payment of their premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket payments.

Posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2010

By Paul Hochfeld | CommonDreams.org
What do we say to our more conservative friends, who genuinely think that the Single Payer solution to our health care crisis would be a disaster? Try what follows. In the end, you may simply agree to disagree. That's O.K., but what follows may give them pause to think.

Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010

Paul Hochfeld, M.D. | Letter to the Editor | Gazette Times (Corvallis, Ore.)
Sixty percent of all our health care costs are directly or indirectly taxpayer money. Because premiums paid by employers are tax-deductible, insurance companies receive a taxpayer subsidy to cover employees. Actuarially, working people are among our healthiest. Others, who want to purchase health insurance outside the workplace must, first, demonstrate health, then pay exorbitant rates. Seniors, who are at the greatest risk for high health care costs, are covered by the taxpayer through Medicare.

Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2010

By PETER MAHR | Hillsboro (Ore.) Argus
As a family physician I must write to convey my frustration and indignation with the Senate health care bill.

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2009

DR. PETER MAHR | Letters to the editor | The Oregonian
The current federal health reform legislation's answer is to insure most Americans by mandating citizens buy private insurance. Unfortunately the private insurance industry and its related bureaucracy and administration waste $400 billion a year and leave many millions more underinsured and laden with medical bills.

Posted on Monday, September 21, 2009

Hundreds of people gathered on the capitol steps Thursday in support of a single payer health care plan.

Posted on Monday, September 14, 2009

By MIKE DENNISON | The Missoulian
Retired internist Robert Seward, a self-described "Mad as Hell" doctor who wants a publicly funded health system that covers all Americans, told a Helena crowd Thursday that he had a telling conversation with a Canadian citizen a day earlier.

Posted on Monday, August 24, 2009

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Frustrated with the health care 'options' coming out of Washington, D.C., six "Mad as Hell" Oregon physicians are taking an unprecedented road trip across America to lobby Congress for a single-payer health care system.

Posted on Friday, January 9, 2009

By PNHP staff
Dr. Paul Hochfeld, an emergency medicine physician in Corvallis, Ore., has produced and directed a new 47-minute film titled "Health, Money and Fear." The DVD features interviews with over a dozen physicians, administrators, civic leaders and health policy experts on the problems of today's U.S. health care "non-system" and the prospects for its reform.

Posted on Monday, March 17, 2008

By BENNETT HALL | Gazette-Times reporter
After more than 30 years of practicing medicine, Dr. Don McCanne has devoted himself to prescribing a cure for the nation’s ailing health care system: national health insurance.