Guest Opinions

For most people, July 10 is just another Summer day. But for millions of Americans living with chronic diseases, Chronic Disease Awareness Day symbolizes an opportunity to recognize the importance of disease awareness and support for those living with chronic conditions.

Jul 7 2017

Medicaid is the backbone of health coverage for more than one million Oregonians. One in four Oregonians qualify for Medicaid. The implementation for expansion under the Affordable Care Act, took Oregon from an uninsured rate of 17 percent to 5 percent.

Jun 28 2017
As Prepared for Delivery

I have some remarks pertaining to health care that I’ll get to in a moment. But first, I want to briefly address the events of this morning. The shooting that took place in Alexandria today was a despicable, horrifying act of violence.

Jun 16 2017

Disability Rights Oregon, along with eight other organizations in the state concerned about the interests and rights of people with disabilities, just sent the attached letter to Senators Wyden and Merkley. 

Jun 14 2017

With President Trump's budget, Congress has now seen his plans for low income Americans, and Congress must wholly reject his vision in their own upcoming budget.

Jun 9 2017

Memorial Day has come and gone again, not only to remind us of those who gave everything, but to remind us to learn from and not repeat mistakes of the past.

Jun 2 2017
While most media are focusing on the cybersecurity and data breach implications in this incident, there is a much more dangerous issue that needs to be addressed and it could endanger lives.

The cyber-attack, using a ransomware bug known as WannaCry, appears to have used an NSA exploit known as “Eternal Blue” that was disclosed on the web by Shadow Brokers.  Microsoft released a patch earlier this year to address the vulnerability, but it appears that a number of hospitals and other

May 12 2017

The mental health crisis in Oregon is ongoing and unforgiving. For veterans, specifically, there are too few programs dedicated to ensuring our continued recovery from combat.

Apr 17 2017
At Thursday’s Oregon Health & Science University Board of Directors meeting Chairwoman Maria Pope applauded OHSU leaders for taking a principled stand against the American Health Care Act. These are her remarks, slightly edited for online clarity.

I’m proud of OHSU and its principled leadership in our community during a fractious political period in our country that has direct impacts on OHSU. Specifically, I appreciate President Joe Robertson having articulated the institution’s opposition to the American Health Care Act.

Apr 7 2017
Guest opinion: The Affordable Care Act is fatally flawed, the president of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity argues.

In 2016, four insurance providers (LifeWise, Oregon’s Co-Op, Trillium, and Zoom+) left the Oregon Affordable Care Act’s exchange. Choice has been narrowing for those who have to buy from health exchanges all across country, and Oregon is no exception.

Apr 6 2017