The following two letters were published in the January 13, 2017 edition of the Medford Mail Tribune.  The “Rally for health care” (second letter below) was written by HCAO-RV member and activist, Lauri Hoagland.


*****                                                DON’T REPEAL OBAMACARE                                                        *****

I called Rep. Greg Walden’s office recently urging him, through his staff, not to repeal Obamacare.

My adult son found out he had a cancerous spinal tumor last March. He had finally gone to the doctor after delaying for more than a year due to lack of insurance. Surgery left him a quadriplegic except for tiny movement in his toes and hand. Through physical therapy he is now able to stand and walk a little and he has upper body movement but there is still a long way to go.

When/if Obamacare is repealed he will have no insurance to follow up on physical therapy and spinal cancer and he is unable to work. He has applied for Medicare, but that is also on the chopping block. I was met with silence on the other end of the phone. After asking, “are you there?” the staffer finally responded yes, he would pass along my information. That was it.

Rep. Walden is good at avoiding taking stances on things and quietly voting with the GOP party line. I beg him to show some courage this time. Stop the repeal of Obamacare.

Joyce Chapman

Shady Cove


Rally for health care

What does “Repeal Obamacare” mean to Oregonians? As a nurse practitioner seeing many patients in Jackson County who currently receive health care because of the Affordable Care Act, it will likely mean going without medications, medical procedures and chronic disease care.

If we allow repeal before we replace, we will sanction pain, suffering and potential death to many of our family, friends and community members who will not be able to afford care. It’s easy for a Washington, D.C., politician with federal health care to discuss human lives as though we are pawns on their chess board. Don’t let them pull the plug on life-giving care.

Let’s start a conversation on peplacing the broken insurance part of Obamacare with a Medicare-for-all system which most countries of the world have. This system would not force loved ones to choose between food or expensive medications for Mom.

Societies are not judged by how big they build skyscrapers but rather how they care for their most vulnerable. Speak up for health care!

Join us Jan. 15 in Medford to protest the repeal plan and demand health care as a human right! Rally at 1 p.m. at the Medford library.

Lauri Hoagland