A sign in support of Oregon’s Measure 101 is displayed by a homeowner along a roadside in Lake Oswego, Ore. Tuesday’s special election puts decisions over how the state funds Medicaid in voters’ hands.
Oregon is in a battle royal over how to pay for expanded Medicaid.
The fight revolves around Measure 101, a ballot initiative that you have to go back a few years to understand.
During the 1990s, Oregon’s then-governor, Dr. John Kitzhaber, had a background in health care — he’d worked as an emergency room doctor. His legacy in the state includes the expansion of health insurance for the poor, an idea he managed to sell to both Democrats and Republicans.
So when President Barak Obama proposed expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, Oregon lawmakers on both sides of the aisle embraced it.
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