VOTE: NO – Died In Committee
Status (cverview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Measures/Overview/HB2116
This bill helps Big Pharma peddle drugs to persons facing high drug bills. No incentive to lower costs; in fact, the opposite. Contains blanks for moneys needed; blank checks. Dangerous definition of 'person' who may benefit includes insurers and others.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
A popular bill in that it will supposedly aid 'persons' but in the long run, will encourage higher costs and no incentive to 'persons' or pharmaceutical companies to reign in costs.
This bill could mushroom and be terribly expensive to the state, as there is no indication what an 'unusual' drug is, nor of probable costs, nor of personal responsibility. HB 2116 simply opens the Treasury to undetermined amounts as the directors see fit.
No limits on the spending allowed in HB 2116. No sundown, no responsibilities of any of the beneficiaries, no limits in any way.
Citizens have no input. Directors determine amount to be spent/disbursed. Qualifying amounts undefined, left open to future manipulation.
Will distort markets with a flood of money into certain 'unusual' drug costs with no responsibility.