The best defense is a good offense.
Nurses’ struggle for universal, publicly funded health care takes on increased urgency now with the threats to health care access on the national stage, and budget woes here in Oregon. Many of us have taken action. We now have an opportunity to push even more strongly and vocally for single payer health care as the right solution to what ails the current health care system, while continuing to fight against cutbacks to current programs.
Budget Deficit: Oregon faces a very large budget deficit with the defeat of Measure 97. It is essential to raise additional revenue, in order to avoid cutting essential health care services for our most vulnerable citizens. Contact your state legislators and let them know that you support raising revenue.
Rand Study on health care financing and next steps to single payer: The long-awaited Rand Corporation study of Oregon health care financing has been released (summary here; full report here). It confirms single payer as a viable health care financing plan. State Sen. Michael Dembrow will be asking the legislature to establish a Task Force for implementation (see article in the Lund Report), and we will be mobilizing in support of this legislation.
Other Oregon legislative priorities: Click HERE for good summaries of the bills HCAO and NFSP will be following and supporting in this legislative session. These will be updated regularly, as bills move through the Legislature. We encourage you to use this information and stay in touch with your legislator.
Increased interest in National Health Insurance (Expanded and Improved Medicare for All)
Earl Blumenauer, Oregon’s U.S. Representative for the 3rd Congressional District, recently announced that he will be a co-sponsor for HR 676. This is big news: he is the first Oregon Congressperson to co-sponsor HR 676! Call and let him know that you support his stance. Portland 503-231-2300; Washington, DC 202-225-4811,
There is renewed interest in national health care. Check out the the new national Campaign for Guaranteed Healthcare, a coalition of organizations and individuals advocating for Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, H.R. 676.