HAA, HAA: Ron Wyden's Health Care Plan Gets Some Love

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden's plan to revamp America's ailing health care system (the Healthy Americans Act a.k.a. HAA) is the subject of an adoring piece today in The New Republic. Writer William Galston notes that the plan advanced by Oregon's senior Democratic senator and Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) has support from Republicans and Democrats. Beyond HAA's bipartisan support, Galston also finds much ...   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 HANK STERN

Protesters Demand Wyden Include A Public Health Care Option

Dozens of protesters chanted outside Sen. Ron Wyden's office (1220 SW 3rd Avenue) this afternoon for 30 minutes to demand the Oregon Democrat consider a public health care option. Wyden has worked for a long time on a health care system overhaul, as he explained in this WW interview, in hopes of providing individuals with more and cheaper health care options. But he has taken a good deal of ...   More
Thursday, July 9, 2009 Katie Litvin

Wyden, Other 'Centrists' Seek to Slow Health Reform

The Huffington Post is reporting that U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and five other senators have sent a letter to Democratic and Republican leaders urging them to slow down Congress's efforts to bring universal health care. Wyden and Co. are already taking a beating on liberal blogs, with the Huffington Post story dubbing them a "gang of six." "The organized effort to slow down the process ...   More
Friday, July 17, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Lars Larson vs. Earl Blumenauer: The Highlights

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and radio's Lars Larson went national last night with the debate over the congressman's health care proposal that would require Medicare to reimburse physicians for discussing end-of-life choices with patients. The back story for their appearances on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews" is that Blumenauer has been angry that some Republicans and their amen chorus ...   More
Friday, July 31, 2009 HANK STERN

Rep. David Wu on Health Care: 'Committed' to Public Option

After we blogged two days ago wondering where three Democratic congressmen from Oregon stand on health-care reform, a spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) called with an answer. Wu spokeswoman Julia Krahe says her boss — like the state's fourth Democrat in the House, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) — is fully committed to a public option. "He's really been out there ...   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

David Wu's Town Hall Meeting: Round Two

U.S. Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) took the floor at Good Samaritan Hospital Tuesday afternoon to face critics for a second day in a row. And despite an onslaught of criticism about healthcare reform, he called both meetings "civil discussions." Only about 60 people were allowed into the meeting out of a crowd of hundreds who began lining up along Northwest 22nd Avenue at 8 am. The randomly selected ...   More
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 Allison Ferre

Earl Blumenauer v. Sarah Palin

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer may not be attending town hall meetings on health care to defend his reasonable proposal on end-of-life discussions between docs and their patients. But the Oregon Democrat is plenty ticked off at former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for calling his proposal "inherently evil" and lying about what it would do as a means of scaring people. Maybe he should challenge her to a ...   More
Thursday, August 13, 2009 HANK STERN

Why The Barney Frank Video Got An Insider's Chuckle From Portland City Hall

This video making the rounds today in which U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) tells some woman waving an Obama-as-Hitler sign that having a conversation with her would be like arguing with a "dining room table" got a huge laugh from a former Frank staffer in Portland. That ex-staffer is city Commissioner Nick Fish, who in the early 1980s both volunteered for Frank's campaign and worked as a paid ...   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 HANK STERN

What One Health Care Expert Told Portlanders Last Night

Dr. Atul Gawande's June 1 piece on health care in the The New Yorker, The Cost Conundrum, has gotten the attention of policy-makers at the highest levels, including President Obama. So it's probably no surprise that the 3,000-seat Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall downtown was nearly filled last night when Gawande spoke about healthcare reform. Gawande, whose New Yorker piece explored the wide ...   More
Thursday, September 24, 2009 Sasha Ingber

Basic Rights Oregon Takes Up Trans Issues In Health Care Debate

The hot topic of health care reform hits everyone differently. From the perspective of Basic Rights Oregon, one ignored group is transgender people, so BRO announced this week that it's building a campaign for transgender people to get better health care coverage. "The vast majority of insurance policies explicitly exclude trans-appropriate healthcare" reads BRO's website. BRO says it's found ...   More
Friday, October 9, 2009 Amanda Ingram


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