September 9, 2009 -- A group of physicians dubbed Mad As Hell Doctors kicked off a 28-city tour in Portland on Tuesday. They’ll be traveling in a Winnebago across the country holding press events along the way until reaching Washington DC on September 30. The group supports a single-payer bill in Congress, HR 676.
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September 9, 2009 -- As premiums continue to rise unabated, Oregon insurers lost more than 21,000 members in the second quarter of 2009 – from April through June – representing a 1.2 percent decline compared to the first quarter of this year.
September 9, 2009 -- You hear a lot about grandma now that Congress is back to work on health care reform legislation. “Poor old grandma” is a reason opponents say they will fight health care reform.
September 9, 2009 -- Dorane Wintermeyer steps down as vice president of the Oregon sales division for Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon on Sept. 30. During the interim, Jared Short, the new president of Regence, will assume those responsibilities.
Originally at HuffingtonPost.com
September 8, 2009 -- Mike Enzi, one of three Republicans ostensibly negotiating health care reform as part of the Senate's "Gang of Six," told a Wyoming town hall crowd that he had no plans to compromise with Democrats and was merely trying to extract concessions.
"It's not where I get them to compromise, it's what I get them to leave out," Enzi said Monday, according to the Billings Gazette.
September 8, 2009 -- The September issue of The Atlantic has a feature article by David Goldhill, a business executive who lost his father due to a hospital error. Goldhill’s analysis of what’s wrong with the quality of our healthcare is impeccable, but not his solution.