I am writing in response to the Chieftain’s editorial in support of Measure 101. While I support finding solutions to providing affordable health care, it is clear that Measure 101 is not a viable solution.
Insurers and hospitals will be taxed and the added costs will inevitably fall on consumers seeking health care options. The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has said that insurance rates will go up in 2018 if the health care tax is upheld through Measure 101.
Small business owners, school districts and student health plans will all be taxed under the current legal framework in Measure 101. As premiums continue to increase, it is baffling that our leaders would even consider this type of tax.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, few states place taxes on health insurance premiums due to the negative impact on consumers. The Portland Oregonian’s editorial board has urged voters to reject Measure 101 because they describe it as an inequitable tax.
It is shameful that low-income Oregonians are being used as a political bargaining chip in this election. Instead, our leaders in Salem need to find a long-lasting and non “Band-aid” solution to our state’s financial blunders. Oregonians should reject Measure 101.