Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2018R1/Measures/Overview/HJR203
This bill proposes amendment to Oregon Constitution establishing obligation of state to ensure every resident has a constitutional right to health care. Refers to voters as the Hope Initiative.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
Access to health care is already guaranteed because by law all emergency rooms must provide emergency care to any one coming through their doors. Even though there is a need for health care, it isn’t a constitutional right.
The state relies on federal dollars to provide health care, which are pulling back. A mandate obligates tax payers to provide dollars that may be competing with other needed programs such as education.
What this bill is aimed at is providing health insurance as single-pay, which isn’t the same as health care.