Trish Yerges
The La Grande Observer

More than 200 Oregonians, including several Union County residents, gathered last Thursday at the Capitol in Salem to focus attention on the Senate hearing on the RAND Corporation study on health care financing as well as a bill, SB 1046, to create improved and expanded Medicare for all in Oregon.

Cheryl Simpson, a volunteer coordinator for the rally and treasurer on Health Care for All Oregon’s board of directors, was among those who attended the rally in Salem along with other members of Union County’s Oregon Rural Action Health Care Reform Action Team, including David Still and Mary Lou Hennrich, of Cove, and Bill Whitaker, of La Grande.

“We had 209 who signed in at registration, and we know there were more people who went directly to the hearing and the rally without coming in to register with HCAO,” Simpson said.

Attendance was so large that the hearing room and two overflow areas were filled to capacity. Simpson said they were all united in their determination that health care be available for all people in Oregon.

HCAO promotes an alternate health care system to the Affordable Care Act, one that is publicly funded, has a single payer and covers everyone living or working in Oregon with no co-pays and no deductibles.

For the complete story, see the April 24 edition of The Observer.