O.k., so we're not going to get a single payer health this year, and maybe not even a public option. Can anything good still come out of Congress this year? Kathleen Stoll of Families USA thinks we can expect some real improvements in access to health care from the legislation likely to emerge. Here she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.
Police arrested 12 people today for trespassing outside the Portland headquarters for Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon. The acts of civil disobedience were met by similar direct actions in nine cities across the country organized by Healthcare Now and the Center for the Working Poor. KBOO reporter David Rosenfeld filed this report.
As the current economic crisis deepens, more Oregonians are joining the ranks of the poor. With resources stretched to the breaking point, the ability to meet basic human needs is becoming more difficult.
Dave Mazza talks with Rachel Bristol, executive director of the Oregon Food Bank, about poverty in our state and how her organization is working to not only feed the hungry but to advocate for longterm systemic change.