Portland-based Zoom+Care is a "fast food medicine," for-profit corporation that is partially owned by the Oregon investment firm, Endeavor Capital. Zoom+ says it is "going to change the way healthcare is being delivered" as it continues it's expansion into the Seattle area, but Zoom+ does not accept Medicare, Medicaid, or Tri-Care patients and they have been accused of "cherry picking" the young and the healthy.
In Oregon, we are fighting for single payer healthcare for all Oregonians, which means a healthcare system in which all of us have equal access to the care and treatment we need. If Zoom+ is allowed to avoid the problems of dealing with poorer, aging patients who have chronic health problems by marketing only to a young and healthy demographic, it will shift care for the poor, disabled, and elderly onto small, local clinics and non-profit providers who will be left with the burden of labor and cost in caring for an older and sicker population of patients, putting stress on their ability to care for all of us.
This is the second Portland sister action to rallies being held in Seattle, where community groups lead by Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action are taking action to prevent the further expansion of Zoom+Care in the Seattle area.
We are taking action here in Portland not only out of solidarity with folks in Seattle, but also because Zoom+ was birthed here in Portland, and so it is important for us here to hold them accountable for their unethical business practices that harm our community, and because holding businesses like Zoom+Care accountable is a step along the way toward access to healthcare for all Oregonians!
Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action
Portland Jobs with Justice
Health Care for All – Washington
Inland Boatmen’s Union of the Pacific
Physicians for a National Health Program, Western Washington
UNITE-HERE Local 8
Washington Community Action Network