A group of physicians dubbed the ‘Mad As Hell Doctors’ launched their 20-city tour of the United States today in Portland. They’re advocating for single-payer health insurance and they plan to hold events around the country, culminating with a rally in Washington DC on October first. The ‘Mad as Hell Doctors’ support the bill HR 676, which would provide a healthcare system of ‘medicare for all’. KBOO Reporter David Rosenfeld was at their send-off rally this morning in downtown Portland, and filed this report.
Just as an international conference on the cancer risks of using cell phones takes place in Washington D.C., The U.S. Senate held a committee hearing today to address the issue. KBOO’s Annette May, in collaboration with the Oregon News Service has more:
More than 300 people gathered in the courtyard beneath Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon headquarters in downtown Portland today in support of comprehensive healthcare reform. Regence employees could be seen looking down on the demonstrators as the speakers shouted through a megaphone. Organized by MoveOn.org, the rally brought together both single payer and public option advocates. It ended with a march around the building. We're going to hear first from OHSU physician Kyle Gorman and then Tom Leedham with the Teamsters Union and Jobs with Justice. Both men spoke at the rally.
The group Autism Speaks held a march this weekend in Portland and raised over fifty thousand dollars, which they say will go to research on autism. But some people with autism and parents of kids with autism protested the march, saying that it does not represent them. KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Phoebe Lumis, one of the protest organizers and a member of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network:
The new Citizen Advisory Board for the Oregon State Hospital met for the first time yesterday.
The Board was created by the legislature this summer to oversee the troubled state mental hospital in Salem.
The hospital has made the news this month for the death of a patient that wasn’t discovered until hours later and the dismissal of a patient’s lawsuit on technical grounds.
In two thousand eight, a federal investigation found that conditions at the hospital compromised patients care and safety.
Activists hope that the oversight of the sixteen member Advisory Board will help to improve conditions at the hospital.
Two young veterans of the Iraq war have decided to spread a message of peace and nonviolence. They’re in Portland tonight as part of a bike and walking tour called the Contagious Love Experiment. Stefan Kamp spoke with them earlier today. 3:28 minutes (3.17 MB)
Pink ribbons are front and center for breast cancer awareness month, and now are also being prominently displayed in the health care reform debate, thanks to First Lady Michelle Obama. On Friday she hosted a White House event where breast cancer survivors shared their health insurance challenges. Kboo’s Bron Stoll has more.