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Wed Jan 24, 2018, 09:39 AM

Oregon votors overwhelmingly pass Measure 101

with 61% voting to save Oregon's Medicaid program in the face of inaction and division in Washington, DC. The monies come from an additional tax on hospitals and a tax on health insurance companies.

I wish it were easier for me to post a good link without retyping the entire URL, but I'm sure someone here else could do that.

I am one happy mom of a special needs kid, and I love, love, love my state!


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Reply Oregon votors overwhelmingly pass Measure 101 (Original post)
cbreezen Jan 2018 OP
customerserviceguy Jan 2018 #1
cbreezen Jan 2018 #2
customerserviceguy Jan 2018 #15
Timewas Jan 2018 #3
Kittycow Jan 2018 #5
cbreezen Jan 2018 #11
cbreezen Jan 2018 #9
Ken Burch Jan 2018 #19
customerserviceguy Feb 2018 #20
CanonRay Jan 2018 #4
Kittycow Jan 2018 #6
Timewas Jan 2018 #7
cbreezen Jan 2018 #10
CanonRay Jan 2018 #12
cbreezen Jan 2018 #13
Nitram Jan 2018 #8
cbreezen Jan 2018 #16
raven mad Jan 2018 #14
cbreezen Jan 2018 #17
raven mad Jan 2018 #18

Response to cbreezen (Original post)

Wed Jan 24, 2018, 10:07 AM

1. It's always easy to vote for taxes on "somebody else"

Hopefully, this doesn't cause hospital fees and insurance premiums to rise to cover the expense of the taxes, but past performance leads me to expect otherwise.

If Oregonians had voted to impose a sales tax to pay for this, then I would have more admirable feelings about their political courage, but everyone there knows that such a measure would be dead on arrival.

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 24, 2018, 10:21 AM

2. The hospital tax is .7%

The insurance premium tax is to be no more than 1.5%.

Everyone registered to vote, had a right to have their voices heard.

The "yes" votes greatly outnumbered the "no" votes.

I will counter you and say that 61% of the people of our state believe that covering the elderly, the disabled, and the poor is more important than these small tax increases.

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Response to cbreezen (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 25, 2018, 10:21 PM

15. Yes, they're seemingly tiny

but don't be surprised if hospitals, and especially insurers find a way to squeeze the money out of patients and ratepayers instead of CEO salaries.

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 24, 2018, 11:05 AM

3. Measure 101

Did nothing to raise the taxes at all, it merely stopped the existing system from ending, overall nothing has changed ..it's main goal is to retain health insurance for the low income as it is ...

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Response to Timewas (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 24, 2018, 11:30 AM

5. Interestingly enough, one of the sponsors who forced the ballot

was "raised on entitlements during her childhood." And she has family members on the Oregon Health Plan.

But yeah, Jamie Herrera, do your best to make sure today's working poor etc don't get those benefits. (Her idea was to raise tobacco taxes again.)

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Response to Kittycow (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 24, 2018, 02:49 PM

11. I actually think that submitting controversial bills

to a vote by the People is a good thing. When I look at that win percentage, it seems clear to me this wasn't just a Portland vote, or an inordinately high turnout by Democrats. It seems as if this is an important issue for Republicans and Independents, as well.

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Response to Timewas (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 24, 2018, 02:37 PM

9. It is also temporary and was meant to

stabilize the funding for the 2017-2019 health care budget. We, as a state, definitely have some important work ahead of us, but we now have a little bit of breathing room.

Either which way, it is a win for Oregonians!

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 30, 2018, 09:40 PM

19. Why a sales tax?

 

Why insist on a tax that hits the people who need this service harder than everybody else?

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #19)

Fri Feb 2, 2018, 02:05 PM

20. I used to live in Washington, near the border with Oregon

The voters in Washington always have turned down an income tax, and the voters in Oregon have always turned down a sales tax. It's not that one state is more "progressive" than the other, it's just that the voters in each of the two states likes only having two "legs" of the tax stool to deal with.

The point is, it calls to mind what Democratic Senator Russell B. Long, from Louisiana is credited with saying, "Don't tax you, don't tax me, tax that fellow behind the tree." It takes political courage to vote to tax oneself, and I've noted that voters in the more urbanized areas of Portland and Seattle have indeed voted for taxes to build and maintain mass transit.

Just as taxes pay for things that benefit a part (or maybe most) of society, there are parts of every society that bear the expense of the taxes. My prediction is that the costs will not be borne by six-figure hospital administrators or seven-figure health insurance CEO's.

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Response to cbreezen (Original post)

Wed Jan 24, 2018, 11:17 AM

4. Yea, us!

But the turnout was embarrassingly low. There is nowhere on earth it is easier to vote than Oregon.

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Response to CanonRay (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 24, 2018, 11:33 AM

6. Yeah, I was kind of surprised at that.

I thought that it would be a hot button item for sure.

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Response to Kittycow (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 24, 2018, 12:21 PM

7. Not too surprising

But really stupid, I live in the fifth lowest income count in Oregon, Douglas, and this county actually voted against it...True red enclave here went for trump and always votes for Gop and against their own best interests..

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Response to CanonRay (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 24, 2018, 02:38 PM

10. What was the percentage of registered votors who returned their ballots? nt

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Response to cbreezen (Reply #10)

Wed Jan 24, 2018, 03:47 PM

12. I think it was just over 10%

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Response to CanonRay (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 24, 2018, 04:44 PM

13. Ehhhhh. Stunning. nt

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Response to cbreezen (Original post)

Wed Jan 24, 2018, 01:11 PM

8. Way to go Oregon!

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Response to Nitram (Reply #8)

Mon Jan 29, 2018, 04:00 PM

16. So sorry I missed your post!

I'm so glad that you share in my excitement.

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Response to cbreezen (Original post)

Wed Jan 24, 2018, 07:03 PM

14. As the happy wife of a guy born in Roseburg -

we're bouncing with you! Rock ON, Oregon!

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Response to raven mad (Reply #14)

Mon Jan 29, 2018, 04:02 PM

17. Thanks for sharing in our excitement.

We must aways prepare for the worst as we hope for the best!

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Response to cbreezen (Reply #17)

Mon Jan 29, 2018, 09:40 PM

18. LOL! Disraeli rocks, too!

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