Oregon Policymakers Join Senator Ron Wyden On Stage April 6

The panelists will discuss health policy implications for Oregon.

When Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., will appear at a breakfast forum April 6 to share his perspective on health policy developments in Washington D.C., he’ll be joined by a panel of experts from Oregon.

The event, sponsored by Oregon Health Forum, gets underway with a breakfast buffet at 7:30 a.m. at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Wyden takes the stage at 8 a.m., followed by a panel discussion that concludes at 9:30 a.m.  

The panelists include:

  • Nora Leibowitz, principal at Health Management Associates, an independent, national research and consulting firm focused on publicly-financed healthcare.
  • Dr. Glenn Rodriguez, a board member of CareOregon who serves on Rep, Mitch Greenlick’s Universal Care Work Group;
  • Jesse Ellis O’Brien, policy director at OSPIRG, and
  • Zeke Smith, chairman of the Oregon Health Policy Board, and the chief impact officer at United Way of the Columbia-Willamette.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reporter Kristian Foden-Vencil will moderate the event.

Wyden, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, recently spoke out against a proposal by Congressional Republicans that he said would have a negative impact on the individual health insurance market:

 “Instead of working on a bipartisan basis to improve Americans’ healthcare, Republicans have embraced Trumpcare and its failed health care ideas of yesteryear,” Wyden said.

“Between high-risk pools that isolate people with pre-existing conditions, junk insurance that will let insurance companies trample on consumers’ rights and a massive and unprecedented restriction of a woman’s right to choose in the private market, congressional Republicans laid out their ideological priorities that will limit access to health care and increase premiums,” he continued.

“While Republicans have walked away from bipartisan compromise for now, there’s still time to drop the poison pills and get to work on putting families first instead of allowing their premiums to skyrocket.”

Throughout his career in Congress, Wyden has fought to expand health coverage to uninsured families, support reproductive healthcare, expand Medicare and Medicaid, and defend Medicare against attempts to dismantle the program.

Register now to attend the April 6 forum. Tickets are going fast.

Organizations interested in sponsoring this event should contact Diane Lund-Muzikant at [email protected].




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