Many Doctors, No Cops

By K. Kendall, with photos by Kendall and Paul Cone.

Photo by Paul Cone.

According to Dr. Paul N. Gorman, specialist in geriatric and internal medicine, who was one of the speakers at today’s March for Universal Health Care, “It’s time to get the 1% out of the way so that we can have the health care that every Oregonian deserves.”

Gorman continues, “We’ve been told no one is clear about what we want. What we want is very clear. This is our manifesto:

“First, health care for everyone in America. Cradle to the grave.

“Second, free choice of doctors and hospitals.

“Third, patients and their doctors make decisions; those decisions aren’t made in back rooms and board rooms.

“Fourth, transparency and accountability.

“And fifth, no one should go bankrupt because of health care expenses.”

About a thousand citizens attended the rally at Salmon Fountain, after which they buried 558 crosses, representing the 558 uninsured Oregonians who die each year because they lack health care.

The large group marched peacefully, in two large groups. They used the sidewalks instead of the streets. They stopped for traffic. They proceeded without incident, and without a single police officer to escort or obstruct them,  to Pioneer Square and then back to Ankeny and 3rd.

Photo by Kendall.

 

Marchers stay on sidewalks with no orders from police.

 

 

Photo by Kendall.

VERMONT DID IT! SO CAN OREGON…

Photo by Kendall

The Vermont Workers Center was part of the political action that granted single-payer health care to every citizen of Vermont. According to a flyer distributed at the rally this morning,

“Last June, Vermont signed into law a plan to create a statewide, universal health care system. Now the spirit of Vermont is coming to Oregon! Come hear from Kate Kanelstein and Sarah Weintraub, two organizers with the Vermont Workers Center, whose three-year campaign convinced the Vermont legislature to declare

health care is a human right.” After their presentation on December 17, break-out groups will give local folks the chance to take part in the campaign for universal health care in Oregon.”

The workshop is sponsored by Jobs with Justice, Oregon Single Payer Campaign, CIO , APANO, and KBOO.

 

 

 

 

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  5 comments for “Many Doctors, No Cops

  1. Betsy
    November 19, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    The event at PCC Cascade on Dec 17, with single payer organizers from the Vermont Workers Center, is sponsored by Jobs with Justice, Oregon Single Payer Campaign, KBOO (as your article noted!) and also CIO (Center for Intercultural Organizing – not the AFL-CIO) and APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon).

    All are invited!

    • KendallOP
      November 19, 2011 at 8:25 PM

      Thanks, Betsy. Corrected the article accordingly.

  2. Dirk
    November 20, 2011 at 4:10 AM

    Um… most doctors are part of the 1%.

    I know it’s not catchy, but the movement should focus on the top 0.1%.

    • November 20, 2011 at 12:34 PM

      Actually, most doctors student loans and insurance cost keep them in the middle class. I am an ER nurse, and know for a fact that most of our doctors live in the same neighborhoods and drive the same cars as we do.

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