Seems to be a lot of misinformation about Measure 101. It is not a sales tax, but a fee assessed on hospitals and certain insurance groups.

The measure is not a new law, but simply an affirmation of a new law passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2017 to assess that fee on health organizations in order to meet a projected funding shortfall that would cause some 300,000 Oregonians to lose their health care under the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid), partly because it would cause Oregon to lose federal matching funds.

It will not hugely increase premiums for everyone, since the law itself puts a 1.5 percent limit on any premium increases.

It doesn't compare to the old Measure 95 (universities may invest in equities), but possibly that writer meant the old measure 97 (2.5% tax on large corporations)?

Most of all, Measure 101 is supported by the very institutions on which it assesses the small fee: Public Employees Union, Care Oregon, Peace Health, Legacy Health, Kaiser Permanente, Oregon Nurses, etc., — not least for the reason that these health groups don't want to return to the days where poor folks had to rely on expensive emergency room visits.

June Forsyth Kenagy

Albany (Jan. 10)

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