House Passes Bill to Study Universal Healthcare in Oregon

Rep. Michael Dembrow attracted the support of five Republicans to solicit private donations to fund a rigorous academic study on how best to bring true universal healthcare to Oregon.

By: Christopher David Gray for The Lund Report

July 1, 2013 — The House passed a universal healthcare study bill 37-23, clearing the way for private money to fund a comprehensive study into what advocates consider the most equitable and cost-effective means of financing healthcare for all Oregonians.

“We need to take a better look at financing different healthcare systems in this state,” Rep. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, told his House colleagues Friday.

House Bill 3260 calls upon the Oregon Health Authority to administer the study, which will look at several different healthcare models. The $200,000 to $600,000 required could be a combination of federal grants, individual contributions and foundation donations, according to Dembrow.