On Friday, July 5th, the Health Care for All Oregon initiative organizers filed 98,001 signatures at the State of Oregon Elections office !! They needed 67,000 valid signatures. That's 46% more than the required number of signatures...much more than absolutely necessary to allow for errors.
75% of the signatures were collected by VOLUNTEERS.
This is an initiative for the people of Oregon, by the people of Oregon.
A few reasons why you should support this initiative:
For Employers- The cost savings is huge and long-term. For a worker earning $30,000 annually, a payroll tax of 10% gives a $3000 cost, compared to the $8200 average for health plans in the Portland area. The HCAO plan will slow health care inflation.
The initative is good for individuals and families.
1. If you have no health insurance or are stuck with a high priced
individual policy, you should vote for this initiative.
2. If your employer does not provide health benefits, you should vote for this initiative.
3. Even if your employer does provide benefits, you should still vote for this initiative. What if you lose your job? What if your employer drops the coverage, or shifts more costs to you?
FOR THE ELDERLY: HMOs give the elderly a choice between groceries and prescription drugs. HCAO gives all Oregonians physician choice and drug coverage. This initative covers long-term care in the home, or in a facility.
• The plan covers all medically necessary health services including:
• preventive care
• prescription drugs
• inpatient and outpatient
• mental health care
• dental and vision services
• alternative care
• long-term care
• Health care practitioners will be free and independent in the private sector, free to spend their time on patient care, not paperwork.
• Will I be able to choose my own doctor? You can see any state licensed, certified, or registered health care practitioner, and you can change providers if you are not satisfied.
American health care is sick
• Double-digit increases in health care insurance premiums — again.
• Managed care was going to be the answer — now it's the problem.
• More than one in six Oregonians had no health insurance during 1998, and one in four of them was a child. A patient's bill of rights will only benefit people who already have insurance.
• Even people with coverage have problems. Many are only a pink slip away from losing it. Insurance companies are reducing benefits and increasing premiums. Patients are denied needed care by insurance company staff, and often cannot choose their doctors.
• Medical bills are the number one cause of personal bankruptcy filings.
• 25% of total health expenditures are spent on advertising, outrageous CEO salaries, shareholder profits and burdensome paperwork for both the insurance companies and the providers.