Welcome to PNHPOregon.org!

This is the website for the Oregon chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, a non-profit research and education organization of 19,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals who support single-payer national health insurance.


Welcome to PNHP Oregon

Since 1980 over 400 Oregon physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals have joined PNHP to help create a national health system that serves all Americans. Many have also actively supported major health care reform in Oregon, such as the Oregon Health Plan in the 1990s and the Health Care Transformation legislation from 2009 through the present.

In 2009, 2010, and 2011, 8 PNHP-Oregon "Mad As Hell" doctors drew cumulative thousands of Americans to rallies across the nation for universal "everybody in, nobody out" health care.

Since 2010 Oregon State Representative (now Senator) Michael Dembrow has worked with PNHP and HCAO to write and introduce legislation that would enact publicly funded, universal health insurance in Oregon.

Since 2012 PNHP-Oregon has supported Health Care for All- Oregon (HCAO) with public speaking and monetary contributions for public education to bring comprehensive, publicly funded, universal health care to Oregon. PNHP-Oregon sponsors visits to Oregon by internationally recognized health care system scholars: Arnold Relman MD and Marcia Angell MD in 2012; Gerald Friedman PhD in 2014; and then T. R. Reid in July of 2015. Mr. Reid met with PNHP-Oregon members at a physician's home in Portland, spoke to audiences at OHSU, the Salem City Club, Linn-Benton Community College, and at the Portland City Club Member-Led Forum.

The Affordable Care Act allows states to devise plans that meet or exceed the coverage levels of the ACA starting in 2017, so publicly funded, universal health care in Oregon is now a real possibility. Transforming this possibility into a reality will require a powerful voice from the medical community. Now is the time to add your support for our movement. By clicking on the link below you will see the names and home-towns of 133 of our Oregon colleagues who since January, 2014, have signed a statement of support for publicly funded single payer health care for Oregon. Please sign our statement of support here.


Dr. Samuel Metz on Medicare for All

PNHP Oregon leader and retired anesthesiologist Dr. Samuel Metz provided an overview of Medicare for All, and answered questions as part of an Oct. 15, 2020 virtual house party.


Dr. Walter Tsou on health care as a public good

PNHP board adviser and American Public Health Association past president Dr. Walter Tsou framed health care as a public good, as opposed to a market commodity, during a One Payer States presentation on Jan. 21, 2022.


Conversations with Candidates 2024

Mark your calendars now! And register today at http://tinyurl.com/bdhnw3nb.

Ahead of Oregon’s May 21 primary election you are invited to the “Conversations With Candidates” virtual video series—a collaboration between PNHP Oregon and the City Club of Portland.

  • Jan. 23: Eddy Morales; candidate, Congress (CD-3)—recording HERE
  • Jan. 30: Jamie McLeod-Skinner; candidate, Congress (CD-5)—recording HERE
  • Feb. 6: Janelle Bynum; candidate, Congress (CD-5)—session cancelled
  • Feb. 13: Maxine Dexter; candidate, Congress (CD-3)—recording HERE
  • Feb. 20: Lynn Peterson; candidate, Congress (CD-5)—session cancelled, candidate no longer running
  • Feb. 27: Susheela Jayapal; candidate, Congress (CD-3)

A one-time no-cost pre-registration is required. You need only register once to enjoy the entire series.

Reminder: Register today by using this link: http://tinyurl.com/bdhnw3nb

Once your registration has processed you will receive a confirmation via email with a Zoom link. You may attend as few or as many of the talks as you wish.

Each event will run about an hour (every Tuesday from Jan. 23 to Feb. 27, 8pm-9pm) and will be presented via a Zoom Webinar format.

Thank you for your interest in health care for Oregonians! To raise awareness and elevate the discussion surrounding health care access and delivery, PNHP Oregon is proud to offer this series on a complementary basis.

(Important note: if additions or changes to the candidate appearance schedule that appears above becomes necessary, please know this website will be updated immediately).


Medicare for All Lawn Signs

Oregon PNHP has produced lawn signs that say "Medicare For All!" In small print they say "hcao.org" and "pnhp.org." (Printed by a local union printer.) If you want one, please contact Ken Rosenberg (rosenbergkd@yahoo.com) and he will make arrangements for you to get a lawn sign.

Cost is a $15 donation to Oregon Physicians for a National Program; contribute here.


Sign our statement of support for a single-payer system in Oregon!

Publicly funded, universal healthcare can be a reality in Oregon, but only if we as health care providers speak in unision to demand it.

Click here to sign our statement of support.