Debate Set for Dec. 13 on Healthcare Funding Package

The Oregon Health Forum is bringing together opponents and proponents to discuss the tax measure

Oregon voters will decide on Jan. 23 whether to overturn $320 million in healthcare taxes intended to balance the state’s Medicaid budget.

A Yes vote puts the taxes on hospitals and health insurance in place while a No vote repeals them, blowing a hole in the state budget and scuttling a reinsurance program for the individual insurance market that lowered rates 6 percent. Oregon Republicans gathered enough signatures to place this measure on the ballot.

In preparation for this vote, Oregon Health Forum is bringing together panelists on Dec. 13 to discuss the ramifications of repealing vs. upholding this tax.

The event, which is being held at the Multnomah Athletic Club, gets underway with breakfast served at 7 a.m., followed by an interactive panel discussion from 7:30-9 a.m. And there’ll be plenty of time for audience questions.

Speaking on behalf of repealing this tax:

  • State Rep. Cedric Hayden, R-Roseburg, and
  • State Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn/Tualatin
  • Speaking in favor of the funding package:
  • Jessica Adamson, Director of Government Relations, Oregon Providence Health & Services, and
  • Felisa Hagins, Member, Oregon Health Policy Board and Political Director of SEIU Local 49.

Our moderator will be John Schrag, Executive Editor of the Pamplin Media Group.

Organizations interested in co-sponsoring this event should contact Diane Lund-Muzikant at diane@oregonhealthforum.org.

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