Policy spheres are complex; democracy is supposed to be that way - easy answers do not often rise to the level of public debate. And in a free state, robust and transparent dialogue is a blessing - even when we want to pull our hair out as a result. In simplest terms, these principles are offered so that they may be "factored" into the equation, whenever possible.
Consider them as a foundation; a starting point - rather than destination - for a shared public adventure involving a peaceful revolution of community practice, of citizen spirit. Even though every aspect within public policy-making is defined through circumstance, we can - and must - seek out a framework that advances polices we favor, retards those that we disfavor.
Hopefully these principles will help you determine the right "balance" for you. If not, at least they will inspire dialogue (both internal, and external) that will strengthen our Oregon. Hopefully, these conversations will eventually lead our community into the serious - shared - community-wide dialogue about the mechanics of rebuilding the Oregon we aspire to become.
Health Care - Healthy Workers, Productive Workers
- Health Care is a matter of economic security - Our Oregon requires an educated, healthy, and invested workforce
- Universal access for affordable health care is a matter of fairness as well as good business sense
- People must have "skin in the game" in a system that provides incentives for healthy choices
- Incentives for "controllable" health measurements warrant serious consideration
- Secured funds along with targeted systemic incentives for affordable access for health and wellness facilities are a national requirement for sustainable health policies