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Real Healthcare for Portland's Kids

An appeal for support for the WhyNotPortland campaign!
Support The Why Not Portland CampaignToday more than 9000 kids can't see a doctor in Portland. They are our neighbors, our relatives, the classmates of our sons and daughters. They're the kids of hard-working parents whose employers don't provide health-care and whose modest income makes them ineligible for Medicaid and the Oregon Health Plan. They're the unprotected kids in our community who are falling through the cracks.

We believe that every child deserves access to a good doctor. Our initiative will provide low-cost, quality medical coverage for all the children of Portland public schools. With the city of Portland projecting a budget surplus of $39 million, we have the resources to do it. This means no new taxes are required to put this critical plan into action.


The initiative provides health insurance to the more than 9,000 uninsured children attending Portland public schools. Support is needed to place this initiative on the ballot for the November election. A combined volunteer/paid signature gathering campaign will be used to collect the approximately 45,000 signatures required from registered City of Portland voters by July, 2008.


To donate or volunteer for the campaign please visit this url:- http://www.whynotportland.org


HEALTH CARE INITIATIVE

WHAT CAN I DO?


INITIATIVE: To provide health insurance to all uninsured children attending public schools in Portland without raising any new taxes. Support is needed to place this initiative on the ballot for the November election. A combined volunteer/paid signature gathering campaign will be used to collect the approximately 45,000 signatures required (to get 27,000 plus valid signatures) from registered City of Portland voters by July, 2008.

HOW CAN I HELP?

1.Monetary contributions: Money is needed to hire a signature gathering firm.
The cost will be $93,000 to gather signatures. We have raised $53,000 of the money at this time. Checks may be made payable to WhyNotPortland.Org, c/o Fanno Creek Clinic, 2400 SW Vermont Street, Portland, OR, 97219. Contributions are tax deductible as political contributions only. Alternatively you can donate online using the form on our action page http//:www.whynotportland.org .

2.Help collect signatures. Copies of the signature sheets can be obtained by calling Fanno Creek Clinic at 503-452-0915. Signature sheets will be mailed to you, including instructions for completion.

RESULTS: This initiative proposal is the best option for providing coverage for the approximately 9,000 uninsured children in Portland Public Schools for the short to medium term. Improved health in children has been shown to boost academic achievement. Until all children have access to health care, this will be a major step forward for healthier children in Portland

Thank you for considering supporting this effort.

homepage: homepage: http://www.whynotportland.org
phone: phone: 503-244-8943