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Vote yes on Measure 101

In response to The Bulletin’s recommendation to vote no Measure 101, the League of Women Voters of Oregon presents another view. The Oregon legislators have worked for four biennia to provide health care for low income children, disabled adults and seniors with the assistance of the federal Medicaid program. The Measure 101 asks that citizens continue this health care service through new assessments on health care providers, hospitals and insurance companies. Hospitals have been paying this assessment already in order to draw in the federal funds for this service and to receive reimbursements for services.

Other states apply for federal funds for health care services to low income eligible citizens too. Why should we stop applying for federal funds for Oregon citizens? The state of Oregon budget is already strained and underfunded. Without these assessments, funds from other department budgets would be needed to cover health care costs. Do you want to take tax dollars from K-12, universities, child welfare services, food and housing programs to cover the loss of federal funds for health care?

Please consider a yes vote to continue health care payments for our low income citizens in our communities and drop your ballots in the closest ballot or mailbox.

Karen Nibler


Yes vote helps those with no voice

A yes vote for Measure 101 is not a vote for taxes. It is a statement in favor of those who have no voice in our political system. It is a vote in support of the homeless, the working poor and disenfranchised who are sick and cannot afford to take care of themselves or their children in the state of Oregon.

Please consider: If you are a single adult working a full-time job at minimum wages ($10.25), you take home about $1,312 per month after deductions. Of that amount 30 percent should keep a roof over your head, according to national standards. Thirty percent of your $1,312 take home pay is $393.60.

The average rent in Deschutes County ranges from $666 to $1,722. That means that you need to spend between 45 percent to more than 100 percent of your take-home pay to keep a roof over your head. Let’s say you have a studio apartment at $600, which means you spend 60 percent of your pay for rent. That leaves you $787.20 (or $26.24 a day) to pay for transportation, medical expenses, food, clothing, etc. This is the definition of “working poor.” It doesn’t take into consideration families with children, seniors, the disabled or veterans on fixed incomes. You want to make a statement? Vote yes on measure 101.

Don Senecal


Measure 101 deserves support

Measure 101 essentially affirms a law passed by a three-fifths supermajority of the Oregon Legislature. The measure was put on the ballot by a small group of malcontents who for some reason are opposed to affordable health care for all Oregonians. These Tea Party types know that this election, with no candidates and only one measure, will have a very low turnout, and that the type of people who will turn out will vote no on anything they don’t understand, especially if it appears to be a tax.

Is Measure 101 a tax? No. It is an assessment against health care providers and insurers.

More important, for every dollar assessed, the federal government will give Oregon at least three dollars in return.

If Measure 101 fails, Oregon could lose up to $5 billion in federal funding, leave 350,000 Oregonians uninsured, and cost Oregon up to 37,000 jobs.

Measure 101 is supported by more than 160 organizations, including The Oregon PTA, AARP, The Oregon Medical Association, The Oregon Dental Association, The Oregon Nurses Association, The League of Woman Voters and most of the health care providers whom the bill assesses.

I find just three organizations listed as opposing the measure: The Oregon Tax Payers Association, Oregonians Against More Health Care Taxes (obviously created just to fight this measure), and The Cascade Institute, a self-described right-wing think tank.

As I said, it’s a no-brainer. Vote yes on 101.

Dick Linford


Wolff book won’t change opinions

I don’t know why the president is so worried about Michael Wolff’s new book. Surely anyone who is both intelligent enough and interested enough to read this book has already formed an opinion about Donald Trump’s ethics and intelligence or lack thereof. Neither Wolff’s book nor a very unpresidential tweet-storm from the Oval Office is likely to change those opinions.

Peggy Griffin