The results are in: Oregonians support public option

Nearly 1 in 3 Oregon voters reported increased health care costs this past year, and a new survey shows they’ve had enough.

“Oregon Attitudes on Health Care,” an OSPIRG report released on May 26, revealed that 40 percent of Oregon voters have avoided treatment because of health care costs in the past year — and many have suffered worse health outcomes as a result. Now, Oregonians are ready for a change in how they get their health care. Our report found that two-thirds of Oregon voters favor a public option and half would consider buying a public option plan.

OSPIRG is calling for the passage of HB 2010, which would direct state agencies to create an implementation plan for a public option and lead to reduced health care costs in the Beaver State.

“Oregonians are tired of making an unwinnable choice between health care expenses and other necessities,” said Maribeth Guarino, OSPIRG’s health care advocate. “A public option can lower costs and financial barriers, helping Oregonians get the care they need.”

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