This upcoming January, the state of Oregon has issued a special state wide vote on measure 101, which will approve temporary assessments to fund health care for low-income individuals and families, and to stabilize health insurance premiums. Temporary assessments on insurance companies, some hospitals, and other providers of insurance or health care coverage. Insurers may not increase rates on health insurance premiums by more than 1.5 percent as a result of the bill.
A “yes” vote on the bill would mean one is in support of upholding certain taxes on healthcare and healthcare insurance to provide funding for Medicaid expansion by approving five sections of House Bill 2391. And a “no” vote opposes certain taxes on healthcare and healthcare insurance to provide funding for Medicaid expansion by rejecting five sections of House Bill 2391.
The Yes For Healthcare organization stated Oregonians will have a 95 percent and all children, seniors, and people with disabilities will have full healthcare coverage if the bill is passed.
On the contrary, if Measure 101 fails, vulnerable Oregonians and families across the state will face an uncertain future. Without a reliable ability to see a doctor for preventive care, families will be forced to resort to costly Emergency Room visits that they wont be able to afford.
Member of the Northwest Health Foundation stated, “Everyone deserves the chance to lead a healthy life. That includes affordable healthcare. We know that.”
Though the “yes” vote on the bill is being supported by many organizations, a few including Unite Oregon, PeaceHealth, and AARP Oregon, there are a couple organizations that are supporting the “no” vote. The Cascade Policy Institute and the Taxpayer Association of Oregon are the two organizations in the state that are not in support of state wide healthcare.
The main argument for voting “no” on the measure is that individual Oregon citizens, small businesses, college students, healthcare providers and hospitals, would pay the tax , while large corporations, unions, and insurance companies themselves would not pay.
Though this is not a proven factor, and a common argument agains the basic idea of taxes, many people over the state are concerned with this issue as well.
State Representative Cedric Hayden stated, “The inclusion of a tax on insurance premiums will result in higher health care costs for small businesses, college students and everyone in between. It’s disappointing that bipartisan alternatives were not given the consideration they deserved by the majority party.”
This vote is to take place on January 23, 2018 for those registered within the state of Oregon.
It is important for those who this may affect to use their right to vote, and take part in working to make the state a comfortable place for everyone who lives there.