Putting Caring Back into Health Care

Last October I lost my mother at the age of 88. Like most elderly people, both she and my father wanted to die at home–not in an acute care hospital bed. Indeed, throughout my political career senior advocates have supported legislation to create “durable powers of attorney” and “advance directives” for exactly this reason. I remember a point in her …

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Individual Responsibility: Public Input Needed

I am writing to ask for your thoughts on some specific issues. We have had a robust conversation about “principles” but at some point we have to try to incorporate them into a legislative concept.  In other words, we need to think about what these principles mean in practical terms if they became part of a new system.  And it …

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On The Road

Over the past two weeks we have taken the Archimedes Movement to La Grande, Pendleton, Roseburg, Grants Pass, Medford and Ashland.  The meetings we held in these communities were well attended and enthusiastic and I want to offer my personal thanks to everyone who took time to participate.  While we were meeting in Grants Pass the temperature hit a record …

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Health Care for the 21st Century: A Call to Action (original 2006 version)

John Kitzhaber, M.D., governor of Oregon from 1995 to 2003 and elected again in 2010, speaks passionately about how we got in the health care mess we are in. He points the way forward to universal health coverage using the public money already being spent on health care. Share this, please:

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The Archimedes Vision

For the past month we have been examining some underlying assumptions for our reform effort. Now it is time to lay out a more specific goal around which to organize our movement. What we need now is a straight forward Vision of what we are hoping to achieve at the end of our reform efforts. To me, this is the …

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