Oregonians To Rally For Health Care For ALL–February 11
Dear ROP Human Dignity Groups,
The Rural Organizing Project is a member of Health Care for All—Oregon (HCAO), a coalition of 100 organizations working to bring universal, publicly funded health care to Oregon. Coalition members include unions, businesses, advocacy organizations, and political, religious and local community groups from around Oregon. HCAO proposes a health care system that covers everyone living or working in Oregon-no exceptions-with no co-pays and no deductibles.
On Wednesday, Feb. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2500 HCAO supporters will descend on the Capitol steps in Salem to rally and call on state legislators to act, drawing their attention to the fact that far too many Oregonians still lack affordable health care. I hope you will be able to join members of ROP and our sister organizations in Salem for the rally. Register Here for Feb 11 HCAO Rally on Capitol Steps in Salem
If you cannot go to Salem you can still participate virtually. Across the state HCAO supporters will be holding “echo events” between any time between 11:45 AM and 12:30 PM on Feb. 11. At an echo event one or more activists get together with a sign supporting universal health care (“Everybody in, nobody out!” or “(your HDG) supports Health Care for All”), takes a selfie or brief video on a cell phone and sends it your legislators with a copy to HCAO. For information on doing an echo event click HCAO Rally 2015 Echo Events Flyer
In Salem the Rally program includes music from Oregon performers such as Norm Sylvester singing The Health Care Blues, the Raging Grannies, Salem’s Dr. Atomic, Anne Weiss, and David Rovics, and “Mad As Hell Minutes,” when individuals can share their own health care stories. The Rally will also feature inspiring speakers, including Senator Michael Dembrow and other supporters.
While the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) has resulted in millions of Americans gaining health insurance, and has reduced the number of uninsured Oregonians, at least 5% of Oregonians still lack any health insurance, and a much larger portion are ill-protected by the insurance they do have, with large premiums, deductibles and unaffordable out-of-pocket expenses. This HCAO Rally will focus attention on the need for truly universal health care, and the savings that could be accomplished by establishing a simple system that includes EVERYONE.
I hope you will be able participate in the rally in Salem or in an echo event.
Please register at www.HcaoRally.net so we know how many people to plan for.