During the 2017 legislative session, Oregon continued to lead the nation in making healthcare more affordable and more accessible. Oregon leaders passed laws that extend healthcare to all children and increase access to comprehensive reproductive care.
The Oregon Healthcare Protections Bill was the one of the biggest achievements, protecting healthcare for 350,000 and reducing premiums for another 220,000 Oregonians who purchase insurance on their own. But now it’s under attack from extremist groups like the Oregon Family Council, an anti-choice and anti-LGBTQ organization, and the Oregon Firearms Federation, a group that believes the NRA is too liberal on gun policy.
REFERENDUM 301, ROLLING BACK HEALTHCARE COVERAGE: As attacks on healthcare escalate at the national level, Oregon leaders moved to protect coverage and reduce premiums for hundreds of thousands of Oregonians with the Oregon Healthcare Protections Bill. This referendum would repeal key pieces of that bill, throwing Oregon’s healthcare system into chaos by taking coverage away from low-income families and raising premiums for those who purchase insurance on their own.