By David Lane
When a paid signature gatherer innocently asks you to sign the “Stop Healthcare Taxes” petition (Referendum 301) PLEASE DO NOT SIGN IT!
The background: the referendum originators are misleading the public by calling a newly passed bill, the Health Care Provider Tax (HB 2391), a “sales tax on your healthcare premiums”. This bill passed both state houses in Salem with a bipartisan majority of more than 60%! It is a finely crafted compromise, agreed to by hospitals and insurance companies, to allow themselves to be taxed for the express purpose of using the $660 million raised to match an additional $1.9 billion in federal funds. These combined funds would provide care for 370,000 Oregonians and reduce the healthcare insurance premiums for an additional 200,000 for the next two years!
If the sponsors of the “Stop Healthcare Taxes” petition manage to gather the necessary 59,000 signatures before October 5, the Health Care Provider Tax bill would be immediately placed on hold. This could interrupt the healthcare coverage for the above 570,000 Oregonians for the next 6 months, or longer.
Let our message be: STOP PLAYING POLITICS WITH OUR HEALTHCARE! Just say “NO” to the petition.