Oregon AFL-CIO Takes Aim at Hospitals
April 7, 2009 -- In a sign of how much is at stake over a hospital provider tax, Oregon AFL-CIO and a coalition of labor groups, doctors and nurses launched a statewide radio ad campaign aimed at hospitals called Save the Oregon Health Plan.
Instead hospitals favor a 1 percent claims tax that would include union trusts, self-insured companies, commercial insurers and Medicaid managed care plans.
In an advertisement heard on AM620 KPOJ, the group accuses hospitals of opposing reform while spending millions of dollars on executive salaries and fighting labor disputes. On the group’s Web site, there is a much tamer radio ad posted.
“Hospitals are not paying their fair share to support the Oregon Health Plan. And that’s the bottom line,” said Katherine Pfeiffer, who works for Pac/West, the lobbying firm that represents the campaign. She declined to say how much money was being spent on the advertisements.
The ad campaign marks the first and only media buy in the high-stakes battle over the provider tax.
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