In January, Oregonians will have the opportunity to vote for health care for children and for people who cannot afford to buy health insurance. At the same time we will be voting to stabilize the insurance market and reduce costs for those purchasing insurance. Voters will be able to ratify the work of legislators who crafted an assessment that those who pay it favor: hospitals, organizations that serve Oregon Health Plan members, and private insurance companies as well as those who receive access to health care.
I am talking about Measure 101, a referendum on the 2017 legislature's bipartisan bill to secure this funding. Why do these diverse groups all favor the same legislation? Because they realize that when people have access to health care everyone benefits. This includes the child who sits next to a sick classmate at school, the passenger who rides a bus with a sick adult, the grandpa who has concerns about his sick daughter and her children, and the taxpayer who ultimately pays for the emergency room treatment for a patient dying of cancer who could have been treated had he been diagnosed six months ago. We all benefit from a healthy population.
Look for your ballot early in January and vote "Yes" on Measure 101 before Jan. 23.
Corvallis (Dec. 18)