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Oregon Rural Action
1118 Adams Avenue
Oregon Rural Action is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership-based community organization working to promote social justice, agricultural and economic sustainability, and stewardship of the region's land, air and water. We're bringing people together to build ...
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Written by Bill Whitaker January 15, 2014 10:31 am
Bill Whitaker lives in La Grande and is a board member of Oregon Rural Action and the Rural Organizing Project.
Bill Whitaker of the local ...
Bill Whitaker of the local activist group Oregon Rural Action did the honors.
Bill Whitaker, executive ...
Bill Whitaker, executive director of Oregon Rural Action, stands at the far right.
The Oregon Rural Action-sponsored event drew about 50 people, most of them supportive of a single-payer health care system.
Bill Whitaker, executive director of the Blue Mountain Chapter, offered one answer to the question about negative outcomes in a single-payer system.
said many thousands of people working in health care administration likely would have to change jobs if the state or country switched to single-payer.
But that, he
said, could be mitigated with employment retraining.
"It's a significant challenge we can overcome," he
said in closing remarks that he
feels encouraged that two single-payer health care bills, House Bill 3510 and Senate Bill 972, were introduced in the state Legislature this year.
Neither will become law, but Whitaker
said people should contact their elected representatives and urge future passage.
"The bills will be re-introduced until they pass.
Send postcards to your legislators," Whitaker
Board of Directors - Rural Organizing Project
Bill Whitaker - La Grande, Union County
Our very own Mad as Hell Doctor, of Social Work, Bill has been a champion of social justice for over 50 years.
As a welfare rights organizer in Ohio to co-founding the Wyoming Coalition for WIC, the Maine Coalition For Food Security, and the Idaho Interfaith Coalition on Hunger, Bill's belief in a better world has led him from the university classroom to the community where he inspires students and fellow organizers to put their passion into action.
Bill currently represents Oregon Rural Action on the boards of Rural Organizing Project and Health Care for All Oregon.
Bill resides with his wife Cheryl in La Grande, Oregon, where they co-chair the ORA Health Care Reform Action Team.
Board & Staff â€” Health Care For ALL Oregon
William (Bill) Whitaker, Treasurer (LaGrande, Oregon Rural Action, Education, Cascades-East)
Bill currently serves as treasurer of both HCAO and the HCAO-Education Fund.
Professor emeritus of social work at Boise State University, Bill taught community organizing and social policy for 35 years.
He is currently co-chair of the Oregon Rural Action Health Care Reform Action Team, organizing in five counties in eastern Oregon, and board member of the Rural Organizing Project.
Bill's strong motivations are rooted partly in a background in the Civil Rights movement.
He brings understanding of the crises in rural health care, how a single payer system can help address these crises, and a commitment to ensuring those concerns are reflected in the Coalition's work, as true statewide organizing requires.
Bill is committed to leaving a livable and just world to grandchildren everywhere.