Oregonians’ courage can bring health care to all

By Mary Sharon Moore
Published: in The Register Guard, February 18, 2013

Even with the 2012 Affordable Care Act, access to affordable health care remains out of reach for too many Americans. People needing medical attention often go without or hope for some unexpected intervention (the lottery, say, or some miraculous healing).

America can do better. And right now Oregon stands a chance of doing just that.

But what does “doing better” actually look like? My recent trip to the steps of our state Capitol to rally with others for health care finance reform offered me a first glimpse.

Oregon Rep. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, has drafted the Act for Affordable Health Care for All Oregon (House Bill 2922). The bill has garnered some backing among Dembrow’s colleagues, but needs much more support in the House, the Senate, and from Oregonians who feel pinched by health care costs.