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Union County Democrats Believe Health Care is a Human Right

Health Care as a Human Right is one of the platform planks of the Union County Democrats and key to the Union County Health Care Resolution signed by 260 persons.

Thanks to the 23 of these supporters that attended the 1-17-18 Union County Board of Commissioners meeting. Eleven (11) supporters shared personal stories about: working only to access health insurance; high monthly cost of personal policies exceeding $1,000 for one person plus additional cost of health care; responsibility of government to provide healthcare as a "public good"; physician and nurse telling how patients post-poned accessing health care because of the cost; tragic physical outcomes for people with no access to health care; financial impacts on young people who have no access to affordable medical care; emergency rooms used for health care by people with no other resources; 60% of US bankruptcy due to cost of health care (and most had insurance) and more. 

Health care resolutions like this have passed in other parts of the state. Union County has been a state public health leader in the past, now is time to step up again and provide leadership in Union County and ask the Oregon legislature to bring a vote about health care to the people in 2020!
Better Care
for More People 
At Less Cost
The Resolution was referred to a Commission work session on February 14, 2018. 

Local Citizens Support Health Care as a Human Right

Supporters of Oregon Rural Action's Health Care Resolution filled the La Grande City Hall on January 10, 2018. They presented testimony and more than 260 signatures to Mayor Steve Clements and the City Council asking them to request Oregon Legislature bring universal health care to a vote of the people in 2020. The Council will discuss and vote on this request at their February meeting. Union County Democrats support this effort as stated in this plank of their platform:

  • We support Healthcare as a Human Right -- It is a moral outrage for a country as wealthy as ours to leave 60 million people with no reliable access to health care and tens of millions more with inadequate or overly expensive coverage. In addition, despite spending nearly twice as much as other developed nations on health care, our system performs poorly, because the private U.S. insurance bureaucracy soaks up as much as one-third of all the money and pharmaceutical interests overburden America by avoiding price competition. The Affordable Care Act and the proposed American Health Care Act must be replaced with universal, publicly funded Improved Medicare for All HB676.

Join us January 17, 2018, 9:00 am when petitions will be presented at Union County Board of Commissioners, 1106 K Avenue, La Grande

Climate Change Discussion in La Grande

Walden Celebrates Continued Sabotage of Health Insurance System

US Representative Greg Walden [R-OR2] bowing in praise to President Trump after the signing of another executive order designed to undermine the stability of the health insurance system for all Americans, October 12, 2017.

Jamie McLeod-Skinner - District 2 Candidate Meet-N-Greet



October 7th 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Sisters Cafe, 308 S Main St., Pendleton, Oregon 97801

This is not an endorsement of any candidate for office by the Union County Democratic Party. This is a service available to all Democratic candidates.

Democrats Support Health Care for All

Dwight Dill, member of ORA Health Care Reform Action Team volunteers at the Fair Booth.

Why Should We Protect Medicare?

Stories for the Pill Bottle Campaign for Rep. Walden!

Recognizing Medicare's 52nd Birthday! Join the Oregon Rural Action Health Care Reform Action Team (HCRAT) 6:00-7:00 pm, Tuesday, July 18th at the ORA office. We are filling hundreds of pill bottles that will be displayed at the July 29th Farmer's Market and then presented to Rep. Walden expressing our concern for proposed changes to the Medicare program.  

Don't Repeal - Improve  Medicare for All!


Now is the Time Film and Panel Discussion a Roaring Success

The room was full with people standing in the back and along the sides. The film received a rousing round of applause!
Thanks to the great group of people from sponsoring organizations that planned, promoted and produced this 2-hour community presentation.  Special thanks to our panelists Gene Uphoff, MD; Kathy Phister-Minogue, Retired MSN; Rebecca Tilley, RN Surgical Nurse, Steve Clement, La Grande City Mayor and Moderator Thorman Hulse. 
Universal, publicly funded healthcare -- single payer -- the only way to go.

Everybody in and Nobody out!
Evening Sponsors 
Union County Democrats meet first Wednesday of the month, 6:00 pm, Umpqua Bank, Adams Street, La Grande

ORA Health Care Reform Action Team meets third Tuesday of the month, 6:00 pm, ORA 1119 Washington, La Grande

Union County Progressives meet last Tuesday of the month, 6:30, at St. Peters Episcopal Church, 4th Street, La Grande
Cheryl Simpson, Facilitator 
Mobile - 541-663-6468

UPDATE: Health Care Panel discussion featuring Mad as Hell Doctor in La Grande

Walden Town Hall Participation

Union County Democrats, Oregon Rural Action Health Care Reform Action Team and Union County Progressives are collaborating in response to Rep. Greg Walden's leadership in developing the cruel American Health Care Act.  We urge you to attend one or more of the Town Hall meetings.  Look for people wearing red Health Care for All shirts if you want to participate with the red, green or yellow response cards! Cheryl Simpson cksw46@msn.com

Rep. Greg Walden's Monday, May 8th Town Hall Schedule

  • Baker City 9:30-10:30 am, High School Gym 2500 E. Street 541-524-2260
  • Elgin 12:15-1:30 pm Stella Mayfield Ele. School 1111 Division Street 541-437-2321
  • Wallowa 2:30-3:45 pm Wallowa Ele. School 315 W. 1st Street 541-886-2061

Photo from The White House

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