We've talked a lot over the past six months about resisting attacks on working people here in Oregon. This legislative session, we did just that — and more. From protecting healthcare for 375,000 low-income Oregonians to ensuring fair scheduling for workers to expanding and protecting collective bargaining rights of workers throughout the state, Oregon’s unions have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of working people.
While corporations blocked our chance at winning game-changing revenue for schools and vital services, the incredible progress we did make sent a clear message: Here in Oregon, we resist by taking action and securing victories for working people. The fight, however, is far from over.
Just last week, a referendum was filed designed to jeopardize healthcare for 375,000 Oregonians and raise premiums for another 200,000. The attack on the Oregon Healthcare Protections Bill would devastate working people and our families throughout the state. Taking healthcare away from low-income Oregonians is a political maneuver straight out of the same playbook behind efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act in Congress.
We can't afford this Trump-style healthcare rollback in Oregon. We know that when families lose access to care, they are forced to make devastating decisions about their health and their finances. Oregon's economy is on the line, too: When more Oregonians go uninsured, that drives up hospital costs and leads to higher premiums for all of us.