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Is Oregon Ready For Universal Care? Maybe. But Does It Have The Will For Radical Change?

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Oregonians might be ripe for statewide tax-funded universal health care, but it’s going to take political creativity and backbone for change to occur.

That was the message Tuesday from an Oregon Health Forum panel at Multnomah Athletic Club in Southwest Portland.  

Experts Support Single-Payer Health Care But Would It Work?

Experts at an Oregon Health Forum event said a single-payer system would improve access to care, lower costs and ease enrollment, but would not be easy to implement.

The need for the U.S. to fix its broken health system by providing universal care is a topic that has come up again this election cycle, with many politicians and constituents calling for health care reform.

Single-Payer Activists Outline Possible 2016 Ballot Measure

While a legislative effort for single-payer does not have enough support to pass, particularly in the Senate, Sen. Michael Dembrow believes a ballot measure could bring universal healthcare to Oregonians before the end of the decade, using a template to be decided by a comprehensive study.

Single-payer advocates came to the Capitol on Monday to air their passions on behalf of a bill that’s not going anywhere. But a pair of efforts on the horizon may bolster their ideas for replacing private health insurance with a single-payer health plan for everyone.

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