Media Room

REMARKS AS PREPARED

Cover All Kids Rally
May 12, 2017

I’m so pleased to be here with all of you. Thank you for taking the time to visit your Capitol.


Acknowledgements:
     o Thank you, Fatima, for your courage and sharing your story.
     o Legislators: Speaker Tina Kotek, Representative Alissa Keny Guyer, Representative Teresa Alonso Leon, Representative Diego Hernandez
     o Community members joining from: Hood River, The Dalles, Onatario, Central Oregon, Portland and the Willamette Valley


I am so proud to be part of this group today supporting Cover All Kids.


This didn’t happen overnight. It happened because of your organizing and your persistence.  Thank you all for keeping us focused on this for the last four years.

 
We believe that health care is foundational and fundamental to the well-being of Oregonians.


All Oregon families struggling to make ends meet should be confident that their children have access to quality care.


While we have made great strides together in increasing the number of Oregonians with health insurance, thousands of children remain uninsured.


Today, we stand together to ensure that all Oregon children have access to health care coverage.


It is our duty to ensure that our youngest Oregonians have the tools to grow into healthy adults. It’s our duty to ensure they have access to education, health care, and a bright future. Cover All Kids gives us an opportunity to fullfill this duty.


With this legislation, we can add thirteen thousand to fifteen thousand children into a health care system that we know works. 


I need your help to get this bill on my desk. Throughout the Capitol, we need to hear your stories. We need  to make our message clear: We must cover all kids. 


Let’s work together to make sure that this legislative session does not end before we Cover All Kids. We need to make this promise to all children.


Thank you for being here.