A majority of Oregonians/Americans support a Single Payer plan* and yet the Oregon legislature does NOT have one legislator that supports a Single Payer health care solution for Oregon and America.

A majority of Oregonians/Americans support a Single Payer plan and yet the Oregon legislature does NOT have one legislator with the courage to support the boycott of a business, Whole Foods, whose CEO denounced a single payer solution in the Wall Street Journal. 

A majority of Oregonians/Americans support a Single Payer plan and yet the Oregon legislature does NOT have one legislator willing to submit any single payer bill nor allow any Oregonian the right to discuss, argue or debate a single payer solution within the legislative assembly.

Fight The Status Quo - Take Action To Support A Single Payer Solution

Are you angry, like me, at being shut down and shut out of the health care debate in the Oregon legislature and congress because you support a Single Payer solution to Oregon's/America's moral and economic health care crisis?

Are you angry, like me, at the ignorant, mendacious, hooligans that have grotesquely seized the media spotlight pushing Single Payer advocates aside?

Well then, vent and channel that anger into positive action. It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat, Green, Republican or Independent. It doesn't matter where you live in Oregon. Send an email and tell everyone you know to send an email similar to the example below to the following - TODAY: 

TO: Wayne Kinney <wayne@dpo.org>

       KC Hanson <chair@multdems.org>

       Jeff Cogen <jeff.cogen@co.multnomah.or.us>

       Deborah Kafoury <district1@co.multnomah.or.us>

       Diane McKeel <district4@co.multnomah.or.us>

       Judy Shiprack <district3@co.multnomah.or.us>

       Ted Wheeler <ted.wheeler@co.multnomah.or.us>

CC: Richard Ellmyer <ellmyer@macsolve.com>

Subject: I Support Single Payer And Richard Ellmyer

The Oregon legislature does NOT have one legislator that supports a Single Payer health care solution for Oregon and America.  All of us who support Single Payer have been disenfranchised from the democratic process in the legislative assembly. Please appoint Richard Ellmyer to the District 22 Senate Seat so that we will have at least one voice, one champion to express our views. Thank you.


If you fight for me I'll fight for Single Payer with a LOUDER voice.

Oregon Single Payer Sick Out Day - 12 to 2 PM

Please join me as single payer citizen activist or single payer state senator in late September or early October in demonstrations at congressional offices throughout Oregon. The date will be determined by the scheduled vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on Single Payer HR676. Bring a lunch, bring a friend, bring a sign. Every Oregonian that supports a Single Payer health care solution, especially those members of the groups listed below, is invited to take to the streets and take control of the health care debate.

The following groups support a Single Payer Solution to America's/Oregon's moral and economic health care crisis. They will announce to their members and constituents along with Oregon Health Watchers the date of Single Payer Sick Out Day.

AFSCME District Council 75 - http://www.afscme.org/directory/181_366.cfm

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 - http://www.atu757.org/welcome.htm

American Federation of Government Employees Local 2157 - http://www.afge2157.org/

American Federation of Teachers Local 5017 - http://www.aftnw.org/

Democratic Party of Lane County - http://www.dplc.org/officials.htm

Freedom Socialist Party - www.socialism.com

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees - http://www.iatse-intl.org/home.html

Lane County Commission - http://www.co.lane.or.us/

Multnomah County Commission - http://www.multco.us/portal/site/MultnomahCounty

Newly Enlightened Oregon Legislators - Michael Dembrow, rep.michaeldembrow@state.or.us

Newly Enlightened Members of Oregon's Congressional Delegation ???????

Oregon Academy of Family Physicians - http://www.oafp.org/DigestofCongressOAFP2009.htm

Oregon Education Association - http://www.oregoned.org/site/pp.asp?c=9dKKKYMDH&b=123024

Oregon Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals - http://www.ofnhp.com/?view=home

Oregon Nurses Association - http://oregonrn.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=173 

Oregon Teamsters Local 206 - http://unionsforsinglepayerhr676.org/news_releases/2008-11-18

Pacific Green Party of Oregon http://www.pacificgreens.org/cat-get-involved/contact-us/

Painters Local 10 - http://www.unions.org/home/v-20104-37-IUPAT-.htm

State Council of Machinists (IAM) - http://www.iamdl24.org/

Health Care Not Health Insurance Is The Most Important Public Policy Issue Affecting The Lives Of Every Oregonian/American.

I am 63 years old, own a home, own a business, seriously practice organic gardening, require time with my spouse and have no interest in pursuing a legislative career. What I do have is 34 years of experience as a political activist, no fear of corporate lobbyists and elected officials, a demonstrated passion for democratic due process, government transparency and accountability and a Single Payer health care solution to Oregon's/America's moral and economic health care crisis.

The Oregon legislature MUST have at least one champion for Single Payer. That champion is Richard Ellmyer. Act NOW.

Richard Ellmyer


February 8, 2009

Dear House Speaker Hunt and Senate President Courtney Et. Al.:

The current legislative debate over health care reform in our state does not include our view that the profit oriented private health insurance industry must not be the model upon which a solution to Oregon's moral and economic health care crisis should be based and that Oregon elected officials - public employees - voters and taxpayers must have EQUAL ACCESS to the SAME LEVEL of health care NOT a perpetuation of our current multitiered health insurance CLASS system.

We request that you find a place holder bill in each chamber which would substitute in its entirety the language of the Oregon Community Health Care Bill (see attached) so that an alternative choice may be discussed and debated this session. The Oregon Community Health Care Bill is the only current fully formed piece of proposed legislation which supports our vision of health care reform. We would welcome others that also meet our requirements.

Thank you for your attention.


Richard Ellmyer Oregon Community Health Care Bill author 2007

Sam Adams - Portland City Council 2007

Jeff Cogen - Multnomah County Commissioner 2007

Edwars "Chip" Enbody - Hubbard City Council 2007

Darrell Flood - Mayor of Lafayette 2007

Bill Hall - Lincoln County Commissioner 2007

Jim Needham - Mollala City Council 2007

Michelle Ripple - Wilsonville City Council 2007

Mary Schamehorn - Mayor of Bandon 2007

Pete Sorenson - Lane County Commissioner 2007

John Frohnmayer - Former candidate for US Senate 2008

Tim Grimes - Staton City Council 2008

David P. Trott - Mayor City of Umatilla 2008

Bill Dwyer - Lane County Commissioner 2008

Dan K. Cummings - Ontario City Council President 2008

Mark Camra - Toledo City Councilor 2009

Don Porter - Mayor of Long Creek 2009

Thomas Bradley - Long Creek City Council 2009

Fred Drake - Long Creek City Council 2009

Alvin Hunt - Long Creek City Council 2009

[Copies of this letter were sent to all members of the 2009 Oregon Legislature]