Caption: T.R. Reid will be plugging universal care when he comes to Oregon this week.
Health Care Inc. NW, July 23, 2015
by Elizabeth Hayes Staff Reporter Portland Business Journal
T.R. Reid, best-selling author of “The Healing of America," will lay down a challenge when he comes to Oregon later this week from his home state of Colorado: Which state can get to universal health care first?
“We have a race going on,” Reid said in a phone interview from Colorado. “I’m going to say, ‘Good luck, I hope you pass it, but we beat you on marijuana, and we’ll beat on universal coverage.’”
Reid, a former correspondent for the Washington Post and NPR contributor, will be speaking at three Portland events, Friday and Monday, along with events in Salem and Albany. He said he and the advocacy group Health Care for All Oregon agree on this principle: “A decent, ethical democracy should provide health care for everybody.”
“All other industrialized democracies do so already. The only one that doesn’t is the richest one — the U.S.,” Reid said. “This is a moral imperative. There are also medical and financial grounds.”
Reid’s bestseller, “The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care,” examines how other countries pull off universal care, and do it for less money and with better outcomes than the U.S.