Positively Revolting on 12/07/12

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Fri, 12/07/2012 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Health car is a human right!

Join Ani and Lyn for a disussion with about the health care crisis, and what can be done to fix it, with  activists organizing for Health Care is a Human Right campaign in Oregon.

Next Monday night, "The Health Care Movie", will show at the Clinton Street, and members from Physicians for a National Health Care Program, Mad as Hell Doctors, and Health Care for All Oregon will hold a discussion and answer questions about the Health Care is a Human Right campaign in Oregon. Are current reforms enough to keep costs down and provide equity, transparency, and universality?

According to a 2012 report by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business services, there were about 636,000 Oregonians without health insurance in 2010, that's about 17% of the population (about 9% of the uninsured are children). According to the Center for Responsible Lending, Oregon had close to 30,000 foreclosures in 2010, and according to Oregonbusiness.com about 20,00 bankruptcies were filed in the state in 2010. Medical debt is the cause of almost 2/3 of bankruptcies and is also largely responsible for foreclosures. Health insurance premiums have been skyrocketing over the past few years, with families paying an average or $1146 a month in 2010 (Oregon Dept. of Business and Consumer Services 2012 report).

This crisis involving the high cost of medical care and the lack of accessible care to hundreds of thousands of Oregonians points to the need for changes in our medical delivery system so that it provides access to care for all, when it is needed.

"The Health Care Movie" is produced by Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg, and points to the differences in health care systems in Canada and the US, and the factors that led up to the development of two very different means of providing health care. 

The screening and discussion happens:

When: Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, 7pm

Where: Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., Portland

Who: This event is sponsored by Health Care for All- Oregon coalition, with support from Physicians for A National Health Care Program, the Mad as Hell Doctors;and the Labor Campaign for Single Payer.

 

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