by Dennis Thompson, Contributing Reporter
Healthcare Inc. Northwest, May 5, 2015
Oregon lawmakers are weighing whether the state should move toward universal health care for its citizens, a move that would outpace even the federal Affordable Care Act in providing medical coverage for all.
A key committee held a hearing Monday for Senate Bill 631, which would establish a universal, comprehensive and publicly funded health care system in Oregon.
One of the bill's chief sponsors, Sen. Michael Dembrow, argued that universal health care will provide residents with more freedom to move between jobs and would attract more business, since companies would no longer have to provide insurance.
"At best, what we're going to continue to have is an expensive, complicated, patchwork system" if the state continues to provide coverage under the scheme set up by the Affordable Care Act, said Dembrow, D-Portland.