December 13: A Debate on the Healthcare Assessment Ballot Measure Facing Oregon Voters

On January 23, 2018, Oregon voters will decide in a special election whether to overturn $320 million in healthcare assessments intended to balance the state’s Medicaid budget and stabilize our individual insurance market. In preparation for vote, panelists will debate the ramifications of repealing vs. upholding the bill passed by state lawmakers earlier this year.

A Yes vote keeps the assessment on hospitals and health insurance in place while a No vote would repeal it. The issue became contentious during the last legislative session, with Republicans gathering enough signatures to place the issue on the ballot.

Panelists for Repealing the Assessment:
Rep. Cedric Hayden, 
R – Roseburg
Rep. Julie Parrish,
R – Tualatin / West Linn

Panelists for Upholding the Assessment:
Jessica Adamson, Director of Government Relations, Oregon, Providence Health & Services
Felisa Hagins,
Oregon Health Policy Board and SEIU Local 49

John Schrag, Executive Editor, Pamplin Media Group

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