Oregon’s health care system has improved under the Affordable Care Act. But still, far too many Oregonians are slipping through the cracks.
280,000 Oregonians currently lack health insurance. While that number has fallen in recent years, there are still far too many people who are one illness or injury from financial ruin. This puts us all at risk by increasing the cost of health care across the board, and it also leads to poor health outcomes for people who will avoid treatment for fear of going into debt.
Oregon has a long history of inequitable resource allocation and racism, and it continues to have a profound effect on people of color, low-income communities, and other underserved populations in the state: Health outcomes in these communities are far worse than they are among white, affluent Oregonians.
Oregon is $1.3 billion short of funding our current — and already inadequate — health care programs. It’s time for something to change.