The voters of Oregon once again voted to increase taxes. Sixty-two percent of voters cast their ballot in favor of Measure 101, which is $320 million in new taxes on hospitals and certain health insurance companies to help pay for those on the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s version of Medicaid.
Some health insurance companies were taxed 1.5 percent, while hospitals were taxed at 0.7 percent.
The issue went on the ballot because, in Oregon, voters can use the initiative process to collect signatures and force a public vote on any new tax.
Republican State Representative Julie Parrish led the opposition movement and helped get “Measure 101” on Oregon’s Tuesday ballot, which puts part of the Medicaid tax package passed last summer into the hands of voters.
If the measure failed, Oregon’s Legislature would have to go back to the drawing board and come up with a new way to pay for it.
Parrish and her supporters never had much of a chance in the blue state of Oregon. The “yes” campaign raise more than $3.5 million, while the “no” campaign raised just $100,000.