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