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Hundreds gather to promote Oregon “single-payer” health insurance system

From koinlocal6.com

The U.S. Congress may have rejected a single-payer health care system for all citizens, but a move is under way in Oregon to do just that, for the state’s residents.

Nearly 400 people showed up at the Oregon Single Payer Conference in Downtown Portland Saturday discuss that question. For many of them, it was an opportunity to push for a pending bill in the state legislature which would do just that.

Supporters acknowledge that proposing such a bill, and actually passing it, are two very different things. But if it doesn’t pass this time around, backers plan to keep pushing until it becomes law – or until the U.S. Congress passes such a law.

The biggest obstacle appears to be funding. With Oregon’s government facing a multi-billion dollar deficit, obviously the state can’t pay the entire cost. Planners see it more as a state-sanctioned, but not entirely state-funded, insurance pool. The idea is that, by creating one huge insurance system, individual costs within that system could be held down because of the large client pool, government cost controls, elimination of some costly practices and treatments, and other means which would be worked out as the bill moves its way through the legislative process.

Some call it “Medicaid for everyone”, hoping that Oregon’s creation of such a system would urge congress and the president to do the same thing.

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6 Responses to “Hundreds gather to promote Oregon “single-payer” health insurance system”
  1. Peter Johnston says:

    This is the only sane proposal for health care. The Health Insurance Mafia has had a stranglehold on the country for far too long, raping and pillaging, constantly raising premiums and cutting benefits. This for-profit system is depraved. Insurance is a gambling game. Health is not a gamble. Everyone needs health care. It is a sure bet for the Insurance Mafia. Let’s pass Medicare For All at least in the state of Oregon as a model for the rest of the country. Kitzhaber, expand your legacy by doing the right thing.

  2. James says:

    Vermont is also getting on-board with this, and chances for approval in California are looking higher with Jerry Brown there to more than likely sign rather than veto like Ah-nold.

    I am passing out pamphlets around my campus in the hopes that someday here in Texas we might have a chance at doing it state-wide (that is, if our nation hasn’t wised up enough to make it federal at that point).

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  4. Doreen says:

    Single payer healthcare is needed in ALL 50 STATES! PERIOD! We cannot afford the private healthcare system one day longer! Even having health insurance does not protect you from financial devastation! Most people will not think about this problem UNTIL they get sick or their child is seriously sick and they see the financial ruin! They think their health insurance at work is good enough! IT IS NOT!!!!

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