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.