SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon House of Representatives passed a bill to make healthcare a right to everyone under the state constitution.
Less than a month ago, Measure 101 was passed, requiring hospitals to be taxed 0.7% on their net revenue. Insurers will be taxed 1.5% of their premium earnings every quarter and insurance companies will be able to charge their customers’ premiums up to 1.5% to recoup tax.
Governor Kate Brown expressed her approval in the states special election in Portland.
"Here in Oregon, you should be able to see a doctor when you're sick and get the medications when you need them and it shouldn't bankrupt you," Brown said.
The new bill is called the “Hope Amendment”. It passed the House and is now heading to the Senate. If passed by the Senate, it will go on the November ballot.
The legislation would amend the Oregon Constitution to recognize healthcare as a fundamental right.
Oregon is the only state to do this and lawmakers in support of the bill said this is in response to President Donald Trump trying to dismantle The Affordable Care Act.