Letter to the Register Guard Oct. 22, 2014
by Jerry Silbert, Eugene
More than $25 billion will be spent on health care in Oregon this year. Of that, more than $8 billion will be spent by the state and local governments.
The cost of health care is taking up an increasingly greater part of spending. About 17 percent or our economy is devoted to health care, and the percentage has been growing each year.
We must reduce the cost of health care, but we must not do it in a way that makes the reductions fall on the backs of middle- and lower-income citizens.
A number of proposals have been made to decrease the cost of health care. In 2013, the Legislature passed House Bill 3260, which proposed to study four major options for funding a comprehensive, universal and affordable health care system in Oregon. The information from such a study would be critical if legislators are to deal with the issue.