Our Endorsement Criteria
In consultation with progressive organizations in the districts of interest, we try to assess –
- Legislative Support: Is there a demonstrated history of advocacy for single payer measures? For those running as incumbents in Congress, that means that they must at least be co-sponsors of the Medicare for All Act of 2019 (S. 1129 or H.R. 1384) and proudly mention their support in campaign materials. For incumbent Representatives, they must also be co-sponsors of the State Based Universal Health Care Act (H.R. 5010) and be members of the Medicare for All caucus. Non-incumbents must advocate for Medicare for All or Single Payer in their campaign information. Candidates for state legislature must be advocates for a single payer system in the state.
- Electabiity: Does the candidate have a chance to win? Is the candidate willing to put effort into the process?
- Educational Impact: Can the candidate, even in defeat, build substantial backing for single payer in their district?
Messaging: Will a candidate’s good showing send a strong message to politicians statewide about the strength of single payer movement?
- Appropriate campaign financing: Does the candidate eschew financing from those working specifically against Medicare for All or single payer – especially those in the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future?
We are in the process of determining endorsements for the 2020 primary elections. We expect to add more candidates soon.
Deb Patterson, SD 10, South Salem
Previous election endorsements
For the November 2018 election - we (as Oregon Right to Health PAC at that time) endorsed the candidates below, three of whom won their election and are currently serving in the Oregon House - Marty Wilde, Rachel Prusak, and Anna Williams.
We established our PAC just a few months before the 2018 election. With limited resources, we decided not to endorse any incumbents, and instead to focus on new candidates who could advance the cause of single payer.
For State Senate:
Shannon Sousa, SD 1, Southern Coast
Shannon is the owner and principle engineer for a full service sustainability consulting and contracting firm. On the issues page of her website, she says “I support health care for everyone.” She has volunteer experience with workforce development and other issues related to improving lives for those in the southern Oregon coastal region.
Deb Patterson, SD 10, South Salem
Charles Gallia, SD 20, Oregon City
Charles was a Senior Policy Advisor for Research and Evaluation at the Oregon Health Authority. He understands healthcare policy better than most people in Oregon. On his website priorities page, his first priority is healthcare, to which he says, www.gallia4oregon.com
For State House
Christy Inskip, HD 7, Roseburg, Cottage Grove
Christy is a senior community health analyst for Lane County Public Health. As she says on her website issues page, “Healthcare is a human right. Everyone deserves access to good quality, affordable health and mental health care.”
Barry Shapiro, HD 18, Silverton
Barry is a graphic designer, advertising artist, and teacher, and has bee teaching photography to incarcerated and at risk youth for more than six years. Oh his issues webpage he says, “We are the only developed nation in the world without universal healthcare… and we pay more than twice as much as the average for that “privilege.” Single-payer just makes sense.”
Danny Jaffer, HD 23, Dallas
Danny is a retired Navy pilot with a law degree and substantial volunteer
experience. As a fiscal conservative, he says this about healthcare on his website
on-the-issues page, “Access to quality, affordable health care is
a right. It is unacceptable for the United States to remain the only developed
nation to fail to provide health care for all of its citizens.”
Rachel Prusak, HD 37, West Linn
Rachel is a member of Nurses for Single Payer and the Portland Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program. She has extensive firsthand healthcare experience as a family nurse practitioner. On her website issues page she says, “Affordable, accessible health care for all, including women’s reproductive services and mental health services.” Visit www.rachelforstaterep.com