UPDATE: T.R. Reid at LBCC -- Report, Photos, and Recordings

MVHCA Chair Roberta Hall made recordings of T.R. Reid's talks in Salem and Albany. They are available for streaming and downloading here. She also interviewed him and that conversation is available here.

By MVHCA Chair Roberta Hall:

TR Reid, author of The Healing of America, made a whirlwind tour of Oregon over the last weekend in July, making numerous appearances before packed public audiences such as the 250-plus crowd at LBCC’s Takena Hall the evening of July 25. The venue worked well and will be the site Sept. 19 of the play MERCY KILLERS.  TR in addition to public talks also met with smaller groups of health care reform leaders such as members of Physicians for a National Health Program in Portland and the board of Health Care for All Oregon in Corvallis. On the 25th, Mike Huntington, Bruce Thompson, Sandi Bean and Bobbi Hall took him from Portland to Salem for a noon talk in front of a large crowd at the Salem City Club, then to Corvallis to meet with the HCAO board, and then to LBCC to give a talk, followed by personal conversations with attendees, at LBCC.

The talk in Salem compared what the Affordable Care Act has done to advance health care with what needs to be done to extent care to everyone and also outlined what the Colorado plan will offer. To see a video of it go to the Club’s website:   salemcityclub.com    An audio podcast of the evening talk will be posted on the Mid-Valley website mvhca.org; and an interview with TR Reid made by Bobbi Hall will be aired on KBOO.fm (90.7 in Portland, 104.3 in the Corvallis area), and will be posted as a podcast on mvhca.org.

TR had questions for the HCAO board, and it had questions for him. As TR Reid chairs the Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care, which is preparing an initiative petition to advance universal health care coverage, and the HCAO board is considering its next move, both organizations learned from each other’s experiences. He gave his Oregon colleagues much to chew on. We in the mid-valley owe much to several of our members for making large donations that brought our speaker and paid for theater rental at LBCC. Clearly, this event showed that we need more donations as well as more volunteers to meet our goals, and we all can add something.

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Tim Roach, representing HCAO and MVHCA encourages the crowd to join in the movement for publicly funded, universal health care.

Tim Roach, representing HCAO and MVHCA encourages the crowd to join in the movement for publicly funded, universal health care.

T.R. Reid speaking at Linn Benton Community College

T.R. Reid speaking at Linn Benton Community College

A large and supportive crowd at LBCC

A large and supportive crowd at LBCC

MVHCA members and benefactors at LBCC

MVHCA members and benefactors at LBCC

T.R. Reid speaks with Health Care for ALL Oregon Board

T.R. Reid speaks with Health Care for ALL Oregon Board

HCAO Board in discussion with T.R. Reid

HCAO Board in discussion with T.R. Reid

T.R. Reid with Mike Huntington taking notes

T.R. Reid with Mike Huntington taking notes

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