The one thing both sides in the Measure 101 debate agree on is that this is a complex issue. While few outside those creating this legislation can understand the inter-working of funding state government, we can know facts on which we can base a decision.
In the last legislative session, the governor gave out $100 million in new raises. One party rule in the legislature also allocated $10 million additional state monies to pay for abortion while shorting the Veterans budget $3 million.
Also, it is a fact that voting “no” will not keep anyone from receiving healthcare. Voting no will simply put this back into the hands of the legislature to fix; they are currently in session.
The state bureaucracy in charge of running state Medicaid has wasted hundreds of millions of dollars, including $186 millions that may have to be repaid to the federal government for signing up those not eligible.
If approved, Measure 101 will tax small business and those obtaining insurance in the individual market (the political nobodies) to fund state Medicaid. At the same time corporations, big business and powerful special interest are exempted. To date those being exempted have pumped almost $3 million into convincing voters to approve Measure 101.
A no vote will send this back to the legislature. Our elected officials can, if we hold them accountable, structure equitable funding.