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Oregon could be 1st state to make health care a human right

 

October 28, 2022

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press

FILE - A nurse talks to a patient in the emergency room at Salem Hospital in Salem, Ore., on Aug. 20, 2021. Oregon voters are being asked in the November election to decide whether the state should be the first in the nation to amend its Constitution to explicitly declare that affordable health care is a fundamental human right.

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon voters are being asked to decide whether the state should be the first in the nation to amend its constitution to explicitly declare that affordable health care is a fundamental human right.

State Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a main sponsor of the legislation behind the ballot measure, said making health care a human right is a value statement and is not aimed at pushing Oregon to a single-payer health care system, a longtime goal of many progressives.

But opponents warn the amendment could trigger legal and political woes and open the door to lawsuits.

https://www.startribune.com/oregon-could-be-1st-state-to-make-health-care-a-human-right/600219579/

 

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