Kitzhaber to Address Health Care Reform at Oct. 14 City Club Forum

Kitzhaber to Address Health Care Reform at Oct. 14 City Club Forum

Portland, OR (PRWEB) October 1, 2005

At its weekly Friday Forum luncheon on Oct. 14, City Club of Portland presents “On the Road to Revolution: Fear and Loathing in the U.S. Health Care System,” featuring guest speaker former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, M.D.

Past efforts to reform the U.S. health care system have taken place largely around the structure of Medicare, Medicaid and employment-based health insurance coverage without examining the assumptions and premises on which these structures were built. These assumptions and premises, says former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, reflect the realities of the 1950s and 1960s, thus shackling the structure of our system to a point in the mid-20th century, while the clinical, demographic and economic environment in which the system operates has changed dramatically. Kitzhaber says that resolving the crisis in our health care system requires the courage to move beyond simply defending programs and antiquated structures toward a critical examination of the outdated operating system that both shapes and constrains the way in which we finance and deliver health care in America today. Join us Oct. 14 to learn more about Kitzhaber’s vision of the future of our health care systems.

City Club’s Friday Forum, which is open to the public, will be held in the Governor Hotel (614 SW 11th Ave.). Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Program begins at 12:15 p.m. and concludes at 1:15 p.m. Luncheon reservations must be made online at or by calling 503-228-7231, ext. 102, by 2 p.m. Wed., Oct. 12 (members only may call 503-241-9242). Luncheon tickets are $ 20 ($ 16 for members of City Club). Coffee/tea table tickets are $ 5 at the door. General seating, available at the door, is $ 5 (free for members of City Club).


Media are encouraged to attend and are invited to sit in general seating. Please sign in at the registration table on the day of the forum. For broadcast media, an audio press patch will be available, and a riser for videotaping can be provided with advance notice. Contact Tim Krause at 503-228-7231, ext. 102.


City Club of Portland is a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic affairs organization that promotes civic engagement and active citizenship to build a stronger community. Through unbiased research and compelling programs, City Club connects citizens with ideas and issues that affect our community. City Club is open to everyone who wants to interact with other citizens and shape the future of our city and state. For more information about City Club of Portland, visit or call 503-228-7231.


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