by Edue Omer, HCAO-Albany
On October 1, the Interfaith Health Care Network of Corvallis - with which Good Sam is affiliated - presented a public forum titled "Health Care for All Oregon - a moral imperative." Our own Fr. Simon+ was one of the panelists, along with Rabbi Benjamin of Corvallis Jewish community and Dr. Mike Huntington of the Congregational Church, who spoke to the shared values of their faith communities and the values espoused by Health Care for All Oregon (HCAO), the state-wide coalition supporting HB2922 which would create "a comprehensive, equitable, publicly funded, high quality, universal health care system serving everyone in Oregon..."
The featured speaker for the evening was to have been State Senator Michael Dembrow, the chief sponsor of the bill in the Oregon Legislature; however due to the calling of the Oregon Legislature into special session by the Governor, he was not able to attend. Dr. Mike Huntington stepped in at the last minute and with the aid of power point ably shared with us the highlights of the bill.
The six core principles adopted by HCAO and HB2922 which characterizes their mission are these: Universality; Equity; Accountability; Transparency; Participation, and Public Good. Compare those to the Vision Statement to which Interfaith Health Care Network subscribes: INCLUSIVE - health care is a shared responsibility that is grounded in our common humanity; AFFORDABLE - health care must contribute to the common good by being affordable for individual, families and society as a whole; ACCESSIBLE - All persons should have access to health services that provide necessary care and contribute to wellness; and ACCOUNTABLE - Our health care system must be accountable, offering a quality, equitable and sustainable means of keeping us healthy as individuals and as a community. Most faith communities have adopted a statement supporting the need for universal, quality, accessible health care. Posted around the room were copies of these statements, including the resolution adopted by the Episcopal Church General Convention in 1991.
The program ended with a Q&A session. Several members of Good Sam were in attendance. BUT THAT IS NOT THE END OF IT!!! Corvallis' Interfaith Health Care Network will be continuing its efforts to involve the members of faith communities in the efforts to bring such a health care system into reality. We believe that providing appropriate health care is a moral issue and not merely an opportunity for a profit making enterprise.
Watch for more opportunities to support and/or to get involved. Coming soon to a church near you!!!
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