In my personal opinion the Board of Directors (one of whom, Jim Robison [full disclosure: I am a former employer of J. Robison’s political consultancy, in the campaign just ended], the official liaison to HealthCare for All Oregon from the Eastside democratic Club, rode in the car with me) has a shrewd estimate of how much the one-twentieth of the electorate, the Pacific Green Party, can afford. That impressed me positively.
We could as a Party receive no better impact than providing this nominal sum from our few hundreds per quarter income.
But I would be remiss in my responsibility to my comrades in the Green Party and, more broadly, in the Green Movement as a whole if I limited my report to a brief comment on the official written communication by the HCAO coalition to our Party.
Rather, I am moved to observe the very high level of intelligent discourse among the attendees; here is a sample, starring at Minute 12 said Jim Robison:
This group hired a polltaker who reported to us that we would lose a ballot measure in 2016 implementing universal health care in return for broader taxes. That’s one reason not to go into full attack mode as soon as legislatively allowed by “Obamacare”. A second reason has to do with funding.
The 2014 budget — it’s public knowledge — is 170 thousand dinarii and the actual 2014 income stands at 110 thousand. From two and three years ago, and confirmed by event planning and sponsoring since, HCAO estimates that it will take between seven (7) and nine (9) million coin-of-the-realm to win a statewide referendum on universal health care. So you can see that a high level of union financial support is ineluctable. But the unions in the state of Oregon anticipate two anti-labor ballot measures to be on offer in 2016, striking down any union shop and eliminating dues deductions in public unions. To combat these measures the unions expect to be investing 12 to 16 million units legal tender.
The decisive moment will be in March 2015, when the Board chooses to go or not go for a 2016 implementation.