Have you tried digesting the Measure 101 voters’ pamphlet? Beyond noting that there are many more arguments in favor (54) than against (29)? Or that all the endorsements by health organizations — the very ones being taxed — are for it?

Two persons, Julie Parrish, state representative from District 37 and Lindsay Berschauer, aspiring politician and director of Oregonians Against More Healthcare Taxes,  wrote or provided the information for at least 25 of the 29 arguments against Measure 101 — plus two of the arguments “for” the measure (which are actually arguments against it)!

According to the official explanatory statement, Measure 101 is a tax on insurance and health care providers and serves to shore up the cost of providing health care to low-income adults, children and individuals with disabilities. It will also pay the state’s costs to stabilize health insurance premiums paid by individuals and families.

The Oregon Health Authority makes these payments, 25 percent from state taxes and 75 percent from federal taxes. If Oregon cannot provide the 25 percent, the Health Authority stands to lose the 75 percent in matching funds. Measure 101 allows Oregon to raise its 25 percent share of the necessary funding. This is well explained in an argument in favor (page 23) in the Voters’ Pamphlet.

Note that almost all of the arguments in favor are from large, solid, respectable organizations which have a deep concern for health care. Scan the lists of signatories for and against. That should be all the argument you need concerning what is in the public interest.

Dianne Farrell

Corvallis (Jan. 1)

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