The Oregon House has approved a plan to expand state health coverage to an additional 80,000 uninsured children and 35,000 low-income adults.
The measure calls for raising taxes on hospital revenues and establishing a tax on health insurance premiums to pay for the expansion.
Democratic lawmakers and Governor Ted Kulongoski said the measure provides a way to expand health coverage at a time when the economy is struggling.
Republicans opposed the bill, saying the taxes will raise health care costs for businesses, and make it tougher for some to provide health benefits for their workers.
The measure is now headed to the Senate.
This morning on Presswatch, what would single-payer health care really look like? Nuclear war scenario with North Korea? And did the Japanese government just try to smuggle $134 billion in US bonds to beat the collapse?
While Portland may be ahead of the curve in taking on the challenge of climate change, there's still a lot of work to be done.
Portland was one of the first American cities to take climate change seriously. In 2007, Portland was the only large metro area in the U.S. that actually reduced its carbon emissions below 1990 levels. But that doesn't mean we can just rest on our laurels. If this region is to succeed in radically reducing our carbon footprint, there’s a lot more work to be done. This morning Portland Mayor Sam Adams joins Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein to unveil Portland's new Climate Action Plan.
Tonight's Out Loud highlights our community's pride from a few different angles. We'll go over a long list of area pride events, discuss a queer health survey seeking your input, enjoy some live music and more.
Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod host a discussion of equal access to health care and reform of the healthcare system with local people fighting for health equity and health equity legislation including representatives of APANO, NARA, the Urban League and the Multnomah County Health Equity Initiative. The Health Equity Initiative works to address the root causes of socioeconomic and racial injustices that lead to health disparities.
Ralph Nader - The Politics of Health Care (lecture)
Ralph Nader has spent a lifetime fighting on behalf of ordinary people. He has run for president four times. "Life" magazine ranks him as one of the most influential Americans of the twentieth century. Founder of Public Citizen, he is a long-time advocate for consumer safety and workers' rights. He rose to fame in the 1960s when he took on General Motors and its unsafe Corvair car. His book "Unsafe At Any Speed" not only created a sensation but was instrumental in the enactment of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act. His efforts helped create the Environmental Protection Agency. He has exposed the misdeeds of the corporate sector as well as of the political system. In recent years he has been in the forefront of the struggles around NAFTA, the WTO, corporate welfare and single payer health care.
The 9th annual Village Building Convergence starts in Portland on June 5. Coming together under the them "Powered by the People," Portlanders will work on projects ranging from water catchment systems and intersection painting to native plant gardening and cob benches. But with record job and home loss rocking the metropolitan area, is the convergence still relevant? Even in good times, how much community voice does the convergence really create?