My parents divorced when I was about 8 years old. As a newly single mother taking care of three boys in rural Oregon, my mom — and my siblings and I — needed a helping hand. I am grateful every day that Medicaid coverage was available to us so that we could stay healthy and get the care we needed when we weren’t.

As an adult, I have been extremely fortunate to have affordable insurance offered to me by my employers over the years. Many Oregonians have not been so fortunate. They need a hand and now it’s my turn to help. That is why I am urging your “yes” vote on Measure 101 in the Jan. 23 election.

Measure 101 will provide the funding necessary to keep 350,000 Oregonians — including adults, children, seniors and people with disabilities — on their health insurance. It also will benefit 210,000 more Oregonians who will have access to lower rates because of Measure 101.

Though I write this in my capacity as acting chair of the Benton County Democrats, this is not a partisan issue. This concept was supported in the Legislature by Democrats, Republicans, the AARP, businesses and health advocates.

Due to recent advances, 95 percent of Oregonians — and 100 percent of children — have health insurance. It makes economic sense by keeping health care costs down. More importantly, it’s the right thing to do. Measure 101 makes all of this possible. Please join me in voting “yes” for Measure 101.

Rick Osborn

Corvallis (Jan. 1) 

The writer is acting chair of the Benton County Democrats.

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