January 26, 2011 -- A national public option may have died, but before Congress passed the Affordable Care Act last March, lawmakers included a provision that calls for consumer-operated healthcare plans – known as co-operatives.
August 25, 2010 -- A loose coalition of single-payer advocates in Oregon has taken the first steps toward developing legislation for the 2011 session
April 1, 2010 -- A much debated public option that died amid the creation of a new national health care plan could be brought back to life in Oregon.
Oregon Sen. Alan Bates, D-Ashland, is spearheading an effort to create a state-run health care plan that would provide a public option, paving the way for universal coverage within three to four years.
Originally at ABCNews.com
December 16, 2009 -- President Obama said he likes the Senate health care compromise and wants it passed by Christmas, but he faces a revolt from some liberals who say the health care bill has been gutted to appease insurance companies.
Originally at HuffingtonPost.com
December 10, 2009 -- Democrats in the Senate may not have a filibuster-proof majority for the latest health care compromise after all.
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), expressed deep concern on Thursday that a new proposal to expand Medicare to those as young as 55 would seriously exacerbate health care-related problems already existing in his state.