Voters anxious for special election

Both sides said they are feeling anxious for Tuesday’s election and hope more people agree with their side of the issue.

Posted: Jan 22, 2018 6:55 PM
Updated: Jan 30, 2018 8:34 AM

EUGENE, Ore. – The January special election is Tuesday, and Measure 101 is the only issue on the ballot.


Oregon voters have to decide whether to fund the state's expansion of Medicaid and other rising health care costs.

Both sides said they are feeling anxious for Tuesday’s election and hope more people agree with their side of the issue.

The measure was originally part of a bill passed by the Oregon Legislature during the 2017 session.

Supporters of the tax said it will help protect people who rely on the Oregon Health Plan and Medicaid for their health coverage.

"It saves lives, it keeps one in four Oregonians covered with medical care, and that means medical, physical care, mental health and for us substance abuse treatment,” said Susie Dey, the Executive Director with Willamette Family Inc.

Those against the measure said patients, small businesses and hospitals would have to pay more in taxes to fund healthcare.

"I'm opposed to Measure 101 because it's not equitable, it's not holding the Oregon Health Authority accountable and we believe there's a much fairer way to do this," said Cedric Hayden, the State Representative of House 7.

At the end of the day, both said they want what's best for the state of Oregon.

Voters must turn in their ballots before Tuesday at 8 p.m. For a list of official ballot drop boxes click here.

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