Your Action of the Week:
"Support Health Care for All in Oregon"
We are closer than ever to passing the Health Care for All Oregon Bill which establishes a Universal Health Care Commission and puts Oregon on the leading edge of the path to Single Payer.
As the bill is in the Ways and Means committee, we need you to persist in contacting your legislators to urge them to move SB 770 A4 and have a Public Hearing and Work Session. The countdown has started to end of session and we must get ahead of any opposition.
We must insist that now is the time to get on the real path to where everyone gets the care they need when they need it--a system free of out-of-control costs and denials of care!
To find your legislator:
If your legislator is on either of these committees, it is especially important that you contact them!
Many of those on the Committee are already sponsors but they need strong reminding of the need for a real health care system. Find Sponsors here.
Please contact the Co-Chairs of Joint Ways and Means and Co-Chairs of Human Services Subcommittee
Let them know that "we need a Public Hearing and Work Session on SB 770A and the amended 770-A4."
Tell Your Health Care Story.
Co-Chair Senator Lee Beyer
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1706
Co-Chair Representative Rob Nosse
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1442
Ways and Means Committee co-chairs:
Co-Chair Senator Betsy Johnson
Co-Chair Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1717
Co-Chair Representative Dan Rayfield
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1416
Action of the Week!
Republican and Democratic Senators and Congressional Representatives agree! The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a great program. It brings health insurance to children who need it. It helps working families who make too much for medicaid, but too little to cover their kids through employee plans. Its great!
Yet this beloved program has expired, and Congress is having a hard time getting it renewed.
Congress needs to know that we support this bill and we are watching.
It matters! 80,000 children and 1,700 pregnant women in Oregon are covered by this plan. Nationally, 8 million children are covered. This is important, effective, insurance that saves lives. Can you imagine having a child that needed medical care and you couldn't afford it!
Because we covenant and affirm justice, equity and compassion in human relations, please click here to send a message to your representatives.
Doesn't it break your heart that we even need to advocate for this? We do though. I hope you follow through and let Congress know we expect action.
In Love and Faith,
Rev. Katie Larsell
Our legislature worked out a deal with big health care companies. They asked the companies to pay a small fee, and keep vulnerable Oregonians in the medicare system. The big health care companies agreed, they wanted to keep these patients in Medicare.
However, now this deal is on the January special election ballot as Measure 101. Its been put on the ballot by anti-tax advocates. Boy, don't you wish anti-tax people would go after something other than poor people and children's health care! They argue it is a tax not a fee. I would rather argue that the money raised is not a burden to these companies. Providence Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente and Legacy Health, among others, agreed to this fee, and support it.
Open your heart and support "justice, equity, and compassion in human relations". All of us should receive decent health care. A vote for Measure 101 supports our seven principles.
The Action of the Week is an opportunity to volunteer for the Yes on Measure 101 campaign. Click to volunteer in your area. The Measure will come to a vote on January 23 and many people do not know anything about it. The campaign needs your help. They have actions all over Oregon. Find one that will work for your schedule. If you want to know more about Measure 101, here is a fact sheet.
This Action of the Week is part of two Oregon UU Voice's campaigns: Human Rights and Economic Inequality. A NO vote targets the poor and vulnerable. Be sure and vote Yes.
In Love and Faith,
Rev. Katie Larsell
Printable PDFs of
Action of the Week here.