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Supporters, opponents rally as Measure 101 vote nears

Ballots are due by 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Posted: Jan 23, 2018 5:55 PM
Updated: Jan 23, 2018 7:22 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – Voters on both sides of Measure 101 are making a last minute effort to influence Oregon’s special election.

A handful of supporters of the measure gathered at the federal courthouse in Eugene on Tuesday. They said the measure will help protect people who rely on the Oregon Health Plan and Medicaid for their healthcare coverage.

"We need to get this measure passed because at minimum, 400,000 Oregonians are going to be affected negatively by this,” said Monica Olson, a supporter. “Healthcare is kind of a big deal here, we need to make sure we have that, lives are depending on that."

Those against Measure 101 said patients, small businesses and hospitals would have to pay more in taxes to fund healthcare if it passes.

“Technically, [it’s] a tax on health insurance companies,” said Ted Yanez, who opposes the measure. “Health insurance companies, according to the bill, actually are allowed to raise your premiums by the tax. They say that this is a temporary tax, but how do we know that they're not going to try to raise this later?"

Voters need to get their ballots in by 8 p.m. Tuesday to make their vote count.

Ballots can be dropped off at a designated drop box of county elections offices. It is too late to mail in ballots.

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