By Jill Winsor
On January 23rd, ballots were counted for a special election that asked voters to weigh in on one and only one issue, whether or not all Oregonians should have access to affordable healthcare. Voters overwhelmingly affirmed their commitment to making sure we all have access to the healthcare we need at costs we can afford. Neighborhood Partnerships supported this effort because we know that access to affordable healthcare means we don’t have to choose between seeing a doctor and paying the rent or mortgage. It also means we don’t have to put our other assets like our retirement or emergency savings at risk by using them to cover medical bills.
The success of this ballot initiative is owed to the incredible work of a HUGE coalition of doctors, nurses, healthcare advocates, hospitals, unions, local businesses, community based organizations and people like you and me! We want to give a huge shout out to the Yes for Health Care coalition team and all of the volunteers who spent hours knocking on doors in the rain and making calls to Oregonians across the state. And thanks to all of you voters for getting out there and making sure your voice was heard on this important issue.