February 8, 2011--Anti-tobacco advocates have an ambitious agenda, and are backing a bevy of bills slated to appear before the Oregon Legislature in the coming weeks. But to succeed, they’ll have to overcome public perception, healthcare priority shifts and an extremely well-funded opposition.
January 6, 2010 -- The majority of the $3.5 million raised to support ballot measures 66 and 67 has come from public employee unions that represent over 130,000 Oregon workers. However, the healthcare community has also weighed in, according to data filed with the Oregon Elections Division reported by Common Cause.
December 18, 2009 -- In an email to brokers and agents, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon tells them to urge their elected representatives to vote against the healthcare reform bill in Congress because it's estimated to raise premiums on those who have insurance.
Similar to the provider tax imposed by Oreogn legisators, the health reform bill in the Senate imposes a $6.7 billion health insurance premium tax to pay for expanding coverage for the uninsured. And as they did in Oregon, insurers nationally are expected to pass that tax onto ratepayers.