Health care forum, film set for Dec. 12

Health Care for All-Oregon will be visiting Hood River Dec. 12, 6-8 p.m. at the Hood River Library to discuss the American health care system, how the community can help to heal it, and what drives the current campaign to bring health care justice to all Oregonians.

Join the conversation by attending the film “Sick & Tired of Being Sick & Tired: Health Care is a Human Right.” Learn to tell your story, discover the principles of the Health Care for All-Oregon campaign.

Annually, an estimated 600 Oregonians die because of lack of access to health care. Each month some 1,000 Oregonians, the majority of whom had health insurance, are forced into medical bankruptcy.

“Fixing health care will involve addressing problems of access, cost and quality,” says Bonnie New, a retired physician from Hood River. “The public needs to act in a coordinated way to demand change from our legislators.”

Health care advocates in the Gorge are focusing on ways to support the statewide effort to bring publicly funded universal health care to all Oregon residents.

Proponents will be working with Oregon legislators in the 2013 session to pass legislation enabling universal health care at the state level and eventually at the national level, but the effort will not be easy.

The size and power of the insurance industry lobby is legendary. The struggle will require a strong and determined grassroots movement, with advocates all over the state demanding justice.

Join the conversation by attending “Sick & Tired of Being Sick & Tired: Health Care is a Human Right.” Learn to tell your story, discover the principles of the Health Care for All-Oregon campaign.

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