SEIU's Proposed Hospital Ballot Measures Getting National Attention


Service Employees International Union's proposed 2014 ballot measures in Oregon and California may be the vanguard of a national movement. In October, Oregon's SEIU Local 49 filed five measures in Salem aimed at greater transparency around prices and outcomes, minimum levels of uncompensated care and compensation caps for executives. Although it is unclear how many if any of those measures will ...   More
Monday, December 2, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gary Johnson's Health Care Plan


Libertarian candidate for President, former New Mexico Governor, former construction magnate, Ironman triathlete—Gary Johnson was in our office on Monday. His platform on drug laws, which he expressed in the clip we ran yesterday can find room only among those who are serving the Libertarian cause. His views on health care, however, are more mainstream.  Most of his notions fit neatly within ...   More
Friday, August 10, 2012

Portland Patients Have Less Time to Wait for Doctors Than Patients Elsewhere


It takes less time to get in to see a doctor in Portland than in almost any major city in the U.S., according to a recent study by, a website that analyzes patients’ experiences with health care.Portland had the fifth-shortest wait time in the country at an average of 17.26 minutes, about four minutes shorter than the national average of 21 minutes.Minneapolis, Seattle, Milwaukee and Omaha ...   More
Friday, December 9, 2011 HANNAH HOFFMAN

Smoke Screened

A pot user is denied pain meds. Advocates say he’s not alone.

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Johan Mathiesen has smoked pot recreationally for 45 years.  “It’s my coffee, my tobacco, whatever you want. It’s my social drug,” says Mathiesen, a 69-year-old deli clerk at New Seaso   More
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Shields: Health-Insurance Reform Vote Delayed Until Monday


A key committee vote on a slate of proposed reforms to the Oregon Insurance Division's rate-setting procedures has been delayed until Monday, says state Sen. Chip Shields (D-North/Northeast Portland).The vote had been expected to take place Wednesday but was put off because of a delay in getting information from the Legislative Fiscal Office, Shields says.The three bills would bring greater oversight ...   More
Thursday, April 7, 2011 by

Coverage For All

Is single-payer health care the cure for Oregon?

 State Rep. Michael Dembrow wants to establish in Oregon what the White House and Congress couldn’t do in last year’s healthcare reform effort: single-payer health care.   More
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 STACY BROWNHILL

Oregon Single-Payer Advocates Can Look to Vermont

Vermont and single-payer health care

A piece in today's print edition of WW provides a preview of a big single-payer conference coming to Portland this weekend and the uphill battle ahead for single-payer advocates in Oregon trying to get their bill passed in the state Legislature.If you're interested in reading about a state much further along than Oregon when it comes to advancing single payer at the state level, here's a good piece ...   More
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 HANK STERN

Greg Walden on How Republicans Will Go After Health Care Reform

Elections do matter. Now that last week's elections have given Republicans control of the U.S. House next year. Rep. Greg Walden—the only GOP member of the Oregon congressional delegation—has a lot of juice as head of his party's transition committee. And he's getting a lot of face time on national TV. Last night, Walden was on Fox News' On The Record W/Greta Van Susteren to talk ...   More
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 HANK STERN

Live Review: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Sunday, March 21 @ Doug Fir

What better day for Ted Leo and the Pharmacists to perform in Portland, Oregon than on the day the United States' House of Representatives passed sweeping health care reform? A loyal and attentive crowd turned out early Sunday evening for the politically-conscious songwriter's second show in historically progressive Portland in two days. Sunday's show was an all-ages matinee, and the Doug Fir provided ...   More
Thursday, March 25, 2010 ARYA IMIG

Big Blue's Big Ask: Another 19 Percent Increase

After all the hubbub over Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon's last 25.9 percent rate increase on individual accounts comes this news: Now the insurance giant is asking for a 19 percent rate increase on more than 79,000 individual policy holders starting July 1, according to a news release (PDF) from the state insurance division. The news release says the state will be taking public comments ...   More
Friday, March 6, 2009 JAMES PITKIN


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