Oregon’s Latest Stab at Single-Payer Health Care

Date: July 18, 2022

Guest editorial by NFIB State Director Anthony Smith

In his latest guest editorial for the Salem Business Journal, NFIB Oregon State Director Anthony Smith discusses a state task force’s upcoming September report on establishing a universal health care system in the state.

“The state would pick up the tab for everything – all $57 billion per year (2026 estimate) that the state, employers, and individuals would otherwise spend on health care. The Task Force’s third-party consultant, Optumas, estimates that Oregonians, collectively, would spend $58 billion on health care under the status quo, for a savings of nearly $1 billion.

“You’re probably thinking, ‘Sounds great! I don’t have to pay anything out-of-pocket for a high-quality health care plan? And we’ll all save money? What’s the catch?’

“As it turns out, it’s a truly massive catch.”

Read the entire editorial here. NFIB, once again, extends its gratitude to the Salem Business Journal for giving small business a forum to voice its position.


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