By Jill Winsor and Alison McIntosh
Hundreds of friendly faces were out in force this past Sunday in both Eugene and Portland as folks canvased for the Yes for Healthcare campaign! NP staff members, Alison and Jill, both volunteered their time to knock on doors and talk to community members about the importance of everyone in our community having access to healthcare, and voting yes on Measure 101.
Neighborhood Partnerships has endorsed Measure 101 because we believe all Oregonians should have access to healthcare. Access to affordable healthcare means we don’t have to choose between seeing the doctor and paying the rent or mortgage. It also means we don’t have to put our other assets at risk such as our retirement or emergency savings.
Measure 101 asks voters to support the healthcare plan developed by healthcare experts and advocates throughout Oregon, including business leaders, unions, hospitals, the AARP and patient advocates. The plan guarantees that 95% of Oregonians, and every child in the state, maintain access to healthcare and it reduces premiums for those who buy their own coverage. The measure is an assessment on insurance companies, hospitals, and healthcare providers to ensure that they are also paying into the system.
Don’t let that ballot in your mailbox this January catch you by surprise! Learn more about this effort and how you can volunteer by visiting the Yes for Healthcare website and liking the Facebook page.