SJR 12 State to ensure access to health care

Passed, filed with SOS on 05-26-21
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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.

Fiscal Responsibility
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.

Limited Government
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.


  1. BJ says:

    How could the Senate let this go through??? :{

  2. Grace Skudlarek says:

    Where will the money come from to pay for this health care. How much will our taxes raise. I have medicare which I pay 188 a month for and a supplemental which I pay $171 each month. That is a total of $359 per month. What will happen to that? The problem I see with this is that the state of Oregon will be able to tell you if you can have a surgery or a treatment that you need. Government run health care is never good.

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