This bill amends Oregon Constitution establishing obligation of state to ensure every resident of state access to cost-effective, clinically appropriate and affordable health care. It promises something impossible obligating the state to balance it against the public interest in funding public schools and other essential public services.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
Oregon voters need to make an informed decision on a plan of action, not empty promises that are obscure. Government-controlled health care would be a travesty for Oregonians. It would degrade the quality of care by limiting choices, make Oregonians wait for important care, and takes away individual health care decisions from Oregonians.
The bill doesn’t fund any system to deliver on that promise. SJR 12 fails to outline a plan as to how the state is going to give unlimited health coverage to everyone. That raises concerns that the courts will ultimately force political branches to create a backdoor system with little public involvement or transparency.
This unfunded mandate is one of the final steps to completely government-controlled health care. It would destroy quality health care in Oregon. Legislators should not ask voter to ratify uncertainty into the constitution when they don’t know what they are voting for.