This is Martha Perez, reporting to you live from Pioneer Courthouse Square, where a group of healthcare activists have gathered to publicly declare their collective desire to see a Public Option healthcare reform package get passed by Congress and approved by President Barack Obama, by this fall or sooner.
The sponsoring organization for tonight's rally at 7pm, is called MoveOn (a local chapter of the national MoveOn.org). There was a noticeable TV media presence, along with a galvanizing speech given by Jefferson Smith, current OR state legislator and founder of the Bus Project. Rally participants also shared tragic stories about their healthcare experiences, and got their message across to the energetic, diverse audience, despite not being allowed by local authorities to carry a bull-horn, in order to be properly heard. Rally participants also expressed concerns over Senator Ron Wyden's response to public option reform.
A vote is potentially expected sometime early next week, so the outcome has yet to be decided in Congress. Stay tuned.
Reporting from downtown Portland, this is Martha Perez, General Political Activist/Healthcare Researcher