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Measure 44

Argument in Favor

Governor Kulongoski Supports Measure 44
As Another Step to Reduce Health Care Costs for All Oregonians

As your Governor, I am committed to doing everything that works to reduce health care costs for all Oregonians.

Measure 44 is another step in that direction, designed to reduce the costs of prescription drugs.

We know Measure 44 will work, because it expands a program that is already delivering real savings to Oregonians – the Oregon Prescription Drug Program. That program, launched during my administration, uses the combined purchasing power of individuals and employer groups to negotiate price discounts from pharmaceutical companies. By so doing, this program has reduced costs for low-income seniors by up to 60 percent and delivered thousands of dollars in savings per month for school districts and local governments.

I have continued to expand the Oregon Prescription Drug Program, most recently by combining our pooled purchasing efforts with those of Washington State. As our program grows in size and can negotiate for more persons, we will be able to secure even better prices from the drug companies.

Now, thanks to Measure 44, we have the opportunity to extend the state's pooled purchasing program to all Oregonians who do not have prescription drug coverage. Currently, these persons pay the highest prices that the market will bear for prescription drugs. Under Measure 44, they will be able to get their medications at the best prices we can negotiate for them.

No one in Oregon should have to choose between filling a prescription and filling their refrigerators. Measure 44 will eliminate that dilemma for many thousands of Oregonians.

Please join me in supporting Measure 44 and in working together to reduce health care costs and expand health care coverage for all Oregonians.

For more information on my "Everything That Works" plan to reduce costs, expand coverage and improve the quality of our health care system, go to my campaign website at www.tedforgov.com.

Theodore R. Kulongoski
Governor

(This information furnished by Governor Ted Kulongoski.)


Argument in Favor

Oregon Nurses Ask for your YES Vote on Measure 44 for affordable prescriptions.

We are on the frontlines of the health care crisis and we need your help.

As nurses, we see too many patients in the emergency room because they can't afford the medications they need to manage their chronic disease.
This increases the cost of health care for all of us.

Measure 44 is a tool we need to help patients access life-saving prescription drugs.

Nearly one million Oregonians do not have prescription drug coverage. Alone, they are charged 60% more for their prescriptions than the federal government negotiates. Measure 44 gives consumers the same power big insurance companies have to negotiate discounts.

Oregon Nurses support Measure 44 because:

We see children whose parents can't afford the asthma medication their child needs.
Measure 44 will make prescriptions more affordable for Oregon children.

We see uninsured working Oregonians with chronic diseases, like diabetes,
who can't afford the insulin they need.
Measure 44 will make prescriptions affordable for working Oregonians.

We see seniors who fall through the Medicare Part D donut hole and can no longer afford their blood pressure medications.
Measure 44 will make prescriptions affordable for Oregon seniors.

Measure 44 will make prescription drugs affordable for Oregonians without prescription coverage and reduce the cost of health care for all of us.

Join Oregon Nurses Association in Voting Yes for Affordable Prescriptions
Yes on Measure 44.

(This information furnished by Susan King, RN, Oregon Nurses Association.)


Argument in Favor

"Our school district is saving $3,000 a month on health insurance premiums because we joined the Oregon Prescription Drug Program. That is money put back into educational programs and services for our rural school district." Laurence M. Taaffe, Crook County School District employee.

This innovative program is working!

The Oregon Prescription Drug Program combines state agencies, local governments, school districts and individuals without prescription drug coverage to negotiate reduced prices on prescriptions. Individual participants are saving up to 60% off their prescriptions.

Vote YES on MEASURE 44 to reduce the cost of health care for all of us!

The rising cost of health care is a burden for families, businesses and government alike. Double-digit cost increases for health insurance premiums are forcing businesses, local governments and school districts to make difficult decisions regarding health coverage. Many are seeking to transfer the burden of rapidly rising health care costs to employees and their families. This just makes the crisis worse!

Measure 44 offers a smart, simple solution to
reduce prescription costs for more than one million Oregonians.

It just makes sense! When Oregon school districts and community colleges are negotiating their health insurance packages, we encourage them to look to the Oregon Prescription Drug Program as an option for reducing costs. It is already working in Crook County.

Measure 44 will strengthen this program and help lead to greater cost reductions for participating groups. Reducing the cost of health care helps all of us!

We're working for real solutions to reduce the cost of health care
for school districts and community colleges across Oregon.
Measure 44 will help.

VOTE YES ON MEASURE 44.

Merlene Martin, President
Oregon School Employees Association

(This information furnished by Merlene Martin, President, Oregon School Employees Association.)


Argument in Favor

AARP Oregon urges "YES" vote on Measure 44

Did you know? …

An AARP Oregon member in Yamhill County who had just turned 50, was laid off from a two-decade career in the high-tech industry. For the first time in their lives, she and her self-employed husband have no health insurance or prescription coverage.

The daughter of a West Linn AARP Oregon member recently graduated college and started a new teaching job, but has to wait four months for health insurance and prescription coverage to kick in.

The neighbors of a Medford AARP Oregon member can't get health insurance since the mom was diagnosed with heart disease. The family can't afford the high premiums, or the out-of-pocket cost of medications, leaving the parents of three young children very worried.

Prescription drugs costs are spiraling out-of-control, and are a key driver of overall health care costs. And the number of Oregonians without health and prescription coverage is growing at alarming rates.

AARP Oregon believes Measure 44 can put an end to these stories, leading to healthier families, healthier communities and a healthier economy.

Measure 44 will:

  • Allow Oregonians without prescription drug coverage to be included in an innovative purchasing pool, regardless of age or income.
  • Increase access to more affordable life-saving medicines.
  • Rein in prescription drug costs.
  • Help control overall healthcare costs. When people can't afford preventative medications, it usually results in expensive emergency visits or treatments that ultimately cost us all.
  • Give grandparents and other seniors on Medicare Part D a valuable safety net in case they fall into the "donut hole."

Measure 44 can do all this at no additional cost to taxpayers
because it takes advantage of an already established, effective program that pays for itself through savings realized from negotiations.

Let's help write the prescription for a Healthy Oregon.
Vote "YES" on Measure 44.

For AARP Oregon:

Jerry Cohen, State Director and Measure Sponsor
Ray Miao, State President

(This information furnished by Jerry Cohen, State Director and Ray Miao, State President; AARP Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

OREGON BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
URGES A YES VOTE ON MEASURE 44

Affordable prescription drugs make it possible for Oregonians to go back to their jobs sooner and to be more productive when they are at work.

The Oregon Business Association was formed in 1999 to provide bipartisan, statewide business leadership that ensures Oregon's long-term economic competitiveness. Providing access to affordable and sustainable health care resources for all Oregonians is essential to fulfilling that mission – and requires balanced solutions that involve business, medical providers, public policies and educational programs.

Accessible and affordable prescription drugs strengthen our economy by making it possible for workers to go back to their jobs sooner and to be more productive when they are at work.

Whether it's depression care, powerful migraine medicine, or non-drowsy antihistamines for our state's infamous hay fever season, prescription drugs help to dramatically reduce employee absenteeism rates.

During the 2005 legislative session, the Oregon Business Association specifically supported bulk purchasing of pharmaceuticals for Oregon Health Plan participants, and the use of a pharmaceutical formulary for all Oregon Health Plan participants not currently served by a managed care plan.

Measure 44 will help stem the skyrocketing cost of health care for all Oregonians by lowering prescription drug prices for more than a million Oregonians who currently lack prescription drug insurance coverage.

It will do this without adding a new government program or additional burdens on businesses. Extending the Oregon Prescription Drug Program to more than one million Oregonians will allow individuals and families to enjoy the same benefits of bulk purchasing power that large companies, and Oregonians with prescription insurance, already enjoy.

Measure 44 is a smart, effective program that won't create new government programs, or add costs to Oregon taxpayers.

It will lower the cost of health care, help increase Oregon's economic competitiveness, and benefit all regions of the state.

PLEASE MARK YOUR BALLOT YES FOR MEASURE 44:
PRESCRIPTION FOR A HEALTHY OREGON

Lynn Lundquist
Oregon Business Association

(This information furnished by Lynn Lundquist, Oregon Business Association.)


Argument in Favor

THE OREGON AFL-CIO
WORKS TO MAKE SURE OREGON FAMILIES HAVE
GOOD JOBS AND STRONG COMMUNITIES

Our 90,000 members -- including firefighters, teachers, steelworkers, nurses, construction workers, longshoremen and more -- work together to make sure that Oregon families have good jobs and strong communities. For us, that means:

Health care must be affordable and accessible for ALL Oregonians.

Our member representatives have studied the ballot measures and voted to say "YES ON MEASURE 44."

PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL

High prescription costs hurt Oregon's families, businesses, communities and schools.

Union members get stung at the bargaining table when employers can't afford to give raises because health care costs rise faster than inflation.

Two-thirds of the 613,000 uninsured Oregonians are in families that work full-time.

MEASURE 44 ALLOWS WORKING FAMILIES TO BUY IN BULK
AND NEGOTIATE REAL SAVINGS,
JUST LIKE VETERANS AND BIG INSURANCE COMPANIES.

We all know that buying in bulk saves money. This holds true for buying medicine. The more Oregonians join together, the more power we have to get discounts that lower health care costs for all of us.

DRUG COMPANIES SPEND MORE ON ADVERTISING AND PROFITS
THAN THEY DO ON RESEARCH

It's wrong to make Oregon seniors and low-wage workers choose between paying the rent and filling their prescriptions. What's worse is drug companies spend more money on marketing and sky-high profits than they do on developing new drugs. The good news is: there's a lot of room to pass savings on to people who need lower prices, without hurting research!

MEASURE 44 PAYS FOR ITSELF

Measure 44 won't cost taxpayers a single extra penny, because the administrative expenses to run this program are already in place. By negotiating with drug manufacturers and pharmacies, and gaining health care savings across the state, Measure 44 pays for itself.

The Oregon AFL-CIO wants health care to be affordable for ALL Oregonians.

MEASURE 44 MAKES SENSE

Vote YES on MEASURE 44

THANK YOU!

(This information furnished by Tom Chamberlain, President, Oregon AFL-CIO.)


Argument in Favor

We don't get the opportunity very often to vote on a ballot measure that doesn't have a flip side — a consequence that someone else doesn't like. Certain Oregon petitioners have, over the years, even become infamous for authoring ballot measures full of "unintended consequences." So it's refreshing to have Measure 44 on the ballot this year, a measure that simply should be a no-brainer.

Here's how Measure 44 works. It allows Oregonians who don't have prescription drug coverage to participate in the Oregon Prescription Drug Program (OPDP). The OPDP was created by the 2003 Legislature to combine state agencies, local governments, school districts and low-income seniors. In other words, it forms a "pool" to get better rates from the drug companies. If Measure 44 passes, it will add Oregonians without prescription insurance to that pool.

How much will this cost Oregon taxpayers? NOTHING. That's the beauty of Measure 44: there's no negative consequence, unintended or otherwise. There is no state subsidy involved; participants still must pay for their own prescriptions. But through the OPDP and its pool, the state is able to negotiate discounts on many common drugs — in some cases, as much as 60 percent.

In fact, there's probably only one reason to vote against Measure 44: if you'd like to see the big pharmaceutical companies make more money.

Most of us likely believe the big drug companies are doing just fine, and Measure 44 is a painless way that we can help fellow Oregonians in need to better afford vital prescription medicine. We at the Oregon chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) strongly believe there are a lot of changes that need to be made under the banner of "health care reform" — Measure 44 is a great start that only saves money.

We encourage you to VOTE YES on BALLOT MEASURE 44.

(This information furnished by Don Loving, Oregon AFSCME Council 75.)


Argument in Favor

PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE A WIN-WIN
Ron Saxton

Today, over 600,000 Oregonians are uninsured – including more than 100,000 children – and many more don't have prescription drug coverage. The price for coverage is simply too high.

As a result, an ever-increasing number of Oregonians are seeking medical care only in emergency situations, and more often than not those with insurance – or the government – are picking up the bill. This means a significant percentage of your insurance premium, if you are lucky enough to have insurance, goes to paying the high emergency costs of the uninsured.

The solution requires that we work both to reduce the cost of insurance and medical care, including prescription drugs. Measure 44 helps us do just that.

Measure 44 leverages the power of bulk purchasing by expanding the number of Oregonians who qualify for the Oregon Prescription Drug Program, and as is true with any bulk purchasing program, the bigger the pool, the cheaper the prescription drugs for everyone in the pool.

In many cases Measure 44 would reduce the cost of prescription drugs by up to 60%, resulting in more Oregonians being able to afford medications, fewer unpaid bills, and lower overall healthcare costs.

Further, Measure 44 doesn't come at taxpayer expense. Why, because the Measure simply expands eligibility for a drug purchasing program already in place without adding more bureaucracy. In fact, Measure 44 saves the state money by reducing the cost of medications state government already purchases.

It is also important to understand that only legal Oregon residents can participate, but that as many as 1 in 5 Oregonians may be eligible for cheaper medications, including those who have health insurance but don't have a prescription drug benefit.

It's not overstating the case to say that this is a true win-win for Oregon's taxpayers and healthcare consumers alike. How often can you reduce the cost of healthcare and expand prescription drug coverage without spending more tax dollars?

(This information furnished by Ron Saxton, Friends of Ron Saxton.)


Argument in Favor

Measure 44 will
make prescription drugs more affordable
and help
1 million people stay healthy

That's exactly what we should be doing in Our Oregon

In Our Oregon, everyone should be able to afford the medicine they need to stay healthy, and no one should suffer price gouging just because they don't have insurance.

Uninsured Oregonians are charged more for their prescriptions drugs than insurance companies or other big purchasers are. It's not fair.

That's why we support Measure 44.

Measure 44 is simple and effective. It lifts the current restrictions on the Oregon Prescription Drug Program so that anyone without insurance coverage can join.

The pharmaceutical industry blocked attempts to allow more people to get affordable medicine through the Oregon Prescription Drug Program.

That's why we need Measure 44.

Measure 44 ensures that everyone in Oregon gets a fair deal. Individuals will have the same bulk purchasing power that the big insurance companies have when they negotiate lower prices with the drug companies

Our Oregon urges you to vote YES on Measure 44

Get the facts on this and other measures:

www.ouroregon.org

(This information furnished by Christy B. Mason, Deputy Director, Our Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

Fire Fighters Urge a YES Vote on
Measure 44!

OREGON FIRE FIGHTERS SAY
MEASURE 44 WILL LOWER THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Oregon's firefighters are on the front lines of our communities every day. It is our mission to protect the public's health and safety.

"The way I see it, patients unable to afford prescribed drugs are like fire fighters trying to work without water in our hoses. Effective care requires affordable prescriptions- that is why we need to pass Measure 44." Jeff Hamilton, Gresham Fire Fighters L-1062

We take our mission seriously and we want Oregonians to know that access to affordable prescription drugs is vital for our community. Measure 44 will prevent unnecessary health care expenditures.

Fire fighters are constantly reminded of what happens when things go terribly wrong. As first responders, we see that a lack of access to affordable prescriptions is hurting Oregonians and raising health care costs for all of us.

"We've seen a huge rise in calls from people who require emergency assistance because they couldn't afford to take medications to manage their chronic diseases. Measure 44 will help reduce strain on our public safety systems." John Wooten, Fire Fighter/Paramedic, Pendleton L-2296

"I see people in my community suffering without the life-saving prescriptions they need. Joining together to reduce the cost of prescription drugs is just common sense. I'm voting Yes on Measure 44 because it opens a groundbreaking program to Oregonians in need, and will reduce the cost of health care for all of us." Mark Cross, Tualatin Valley Fire Fighters, L-1660

Oregon Fire Fighters urge Oregonians to Support Measure 44 to reduce prescription drug costs for the nearly one million Oregonians without prescription drug coverage.

Kelly Bach, President
Oregon State Fire Fighters Council

(This information furnished by Kelly Bach, President, Oregon State Fire Fighters Council.)


Argument in Favor

The
League of Women Voters of Oregon
supports Measure 44

The League of Women Voters nationally and in Oregon has long supported public policies and efforts that help provide accessible and affordable health care.

We believe that Measure 44 is an important step toward providing all Oregonians with access to basic health care—including preventive care—and controlling health care costs.

Here is why the League of Women Voters of Oregon supports Measure 44:

  • It will lower prescription drug costs by up to 60 percent for more than one million Oregonians estimated to be without prescription coverage, by allowing them to be part of a purchasing pool.


  • By providing Oregonians access to the medications they need for healthy lifestyles, it helps contain health care costs for all residents because more expensive emergency room visits or treatments can be avoided.


  • It builds upon an innovative and already proven successful program. The Oregon Prescription Drug Program uses the power of the marketplace to negotiate directly with drug manufacturers and pharmacies, giving Oregonians valuable purchasing power. The more people who can join, the more everyone saves.


  • It won't cost taxpayers anything extra because Measure 44 utilizes the structure of an existing, efficient program and the savings realized from deep discounts, rebates and grants negotiated with drug companies.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that encourages informed citizen participation in government.

Please join the
League of Women Voters of Oregon
in voting "yes" on Measure 44.

Measure 44 could help you, your family, a neighbor, a
friend or a co-worker, with no new costs to taxpayers.
It will help build a healthier Oregon.

(This information furnished by Margaret Noel, President, League of Women Voters of Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

An Important Message from Measure 44 Sponsor Senator Bill Morrisette

BALLOT MEASURE 44:
NO COST TO TAXPAYERS AND A HEALTHIER OREGON

Unlike the federal government's prescription drug plan, the Oregon Prescription Drug Program has no confusing or complicated plans. It actually lowers prescription drug prices and offers no big giveaways to pharmaceutical companies.

I sponsored legislation to create the Oregon Prescription Drug Program, a groundbreaking plan that has a strong track record of saving participants as much as 60% off their medications.

This innovative state program pools the purchasing power of state agencies, local governments, school districts and some uninsured Oregonians to join together and negotiate lower prices with the pharmaceutical companies. That combined power gives us the ability to negotiate with drug companies, just like insurance companies do.

Ballot Measure 44 can help more than one million Oregonians get the prescription drugs they need – at no cost to taxpayers. The more people who join, the more everyone saves.

Three important reasons to vote YES on 44:

1. Ballot Measure 44 means more than one million Oregonians won't have to choose between buying food or life-saving medicines each month.

2. Ballot Measure 44 means people won't have to travel to Canada or Mexico to buy their medications at discount prices.

3. Ballot Measure 44 gives taxpayers peace of mind. The administrative expenses to run this program are already in place. By negotiating with drug manufacturers and pharmacies, the program pays for itself.

Please vote Yes on Measure 44. It's the smart and simple solution to making prescription drugs more accessible and affordable for Oregonians.

Sen. Bill Morrisette, Springfield
Sponsor, Measure 44

(This information furnished by Senator Bill Morrisette.)


Argument in Favor

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR OREGON SENIORS

From United Seniors of Oregon,
Gray Panthers of Oregon,
Elders in Action Commission,
Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens
Oregon AFSCME Retirees Association
and the Oregon Alliance for Retired Americans
Urging you to vote YES on Measure 44.

MEASURE 44 HELPS OREGON'S SENIORS

Measure 44 opens Oregon's innovative Prescription Drug purchasing pool to all Oregonians without prescription drug coverage. All Oregon seniors with Medicare Part D Prescription coverage would also be able to participate. This successful, easy to use program has already saved over $560,000 for its 4000 current individuals.

MEASURE 44 IS EASY TO USE

Enrollment is simple and can be done by mail. Participants can use their OPDP card at 90% of Oregon pharmacies and nationwide chains to pay the discounted price for their prescriptions. The card is free and enrollment for this voluntary program is open year round. Visit www.opdp.org for an application.

MEASURE 44 NEGOTIATES FOR THE LOWEST PRICE

By negotiating with drug companies, like Medicare should be doing, participants pay the lowest cost for their prescriptions- as much as 60% off.

Right now, 25% of Oregon seniors on Medicare have no prescription drug coverage- they pay the highest price for their prescriptions or go without. Measure 44 will help.

For Oregon seniors who will fall in the Medicare "donut hole," Measure 44 means we will have access to reduced cost prescriptions during the time we've been abandoned by the federal government.

MEASURE 44 ISN'T JUST FOR SENIORS-
It will help our children and grandchildren afford their prescriptions, too.

By joining together, this groundbreaking measure gives the one million Oregonians without prescription drug coverage the same negotiating power as the big drug companies.

(This information furnished by Verna Porter, Oregon Alliance for Retired Americans; James (Jim) Davis, Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens, Gray Panthers of Oregon, United Seniors of Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

The Oregon Medical Association Urges You to
Vote YES on Measure 44. It's a no-brainer.

Measure 44 would allow any Oregon resident without prescription drug coverage to participate in the Oregon Prescription Savings Programs. The OMA encourages a YES vote on Measure 44 because:

  1. M44 increases quality of life. Many medications manage chronic diseases like diabetes or asthma cost-effectively. People with chronic diseases can be assured that they can get their medication, maintaining their health and reducing the possibility of work absence. People suffering from mental illness could become more productive if they were able to get proper medication for their conditions.


  2. M44 can decrease overall health care costs. Ensuring a way for people to get their medication regularly may prevent an expensive trip to the emergency room—and prevent health care costs from skyrocketing for everyone.


  3. It's wrong to make patients have to choose between paying their bills or buying their pills. One-third of our patients do not have prescription insurance coverage. That means they have to pay 60% more for the medicines we prescribe them than our insured patients. Some patients skip pills in order to stretch out their next refill date or never get their prescription filled.

The Oregon Medical Association
urges you to vote YES on Measure 44.

Andris Antoniskis, M.D.,
President, Oregon Medical Association

(This information furnished by Andris Antoniskis, M.D., President, Oregon Medical Association.)


Argument in Favor

HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS SUPPORT MEASURE 44

Vote YES on Measure 44 to make Oregon a healthier place to live.

No one should have to choose between buying gasoline and groceries or paying for life-saving medications. But that's the reality our patients without insurance face EVERY DAY.

  • Ballot Measure 44 will forever change the lives of more than one million Oregonians


  • Ballot Measure 44 will save our patients as much as 60% at the pharmacy


  • Ballot Measure 44 will keep our patients out of the E.R.


  • Ballot Measure 44 means shorter hospital stays and fewer surgeries.

"As a rural Eastern Oregon health care provider, the only one in a fifty mile radius, I see patients every day who can't afford the prescriptions they need. Measure 44 will improve the quality of life for my patients."

Kate Grace, Physician's Assistant, Halfway

"As a family physician, I have patients with diabetes or high blood pressure who can't afford medication and end up in the hospital close to death. I support Measure 44 because it will help hundreds of thousands of people afford lifesaving medications and prevent the needless waste of health care resources that drives up all our health care costs."

Evan T. Saulino, M.D., Family Physician, Portland

"As a nurse, I am troubled by the number of patients who can't afford their prescriptions. I'm excited to have the Oregon Prescription Drug Program as an option to help those in need."

Kathy Geroux, R.N., President, Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, Clackamas

As health care providers, we end up spending more and more time with those who are gravely ill and less time keeping the rest of our patients healthy.

Join us in voting Yes on Measure 44, because we need to do everything we can to provide quality health care to as many Oregonians as possible.

Oregon Society of Physician Assistants
Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals
Tuality Healthcare
CareOregon

(This information furnished by Maribeth Healey, Yes on 44- Prescription for a Healthy Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

A MESSAGE FROM OREGON PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS
MIKE AND KAREN BRYANT

We've been married for 38 years and have two adult children and six grandchildren. I'm a self-employed contractor. Due to the high costs, we have no health insurance.

I've always been healthy, but in February I was diagnosed with cancer of the throat, and had to undergo aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Fortunately, we qualified for Oregon's unique prescription drug purchasing program. After completing the treatments, I suffered extreme pain and was unable to speak. I needed a prescription for the pain.

Luckily, Karen found this often-difficult to locate drug at our neighborhood pharmacy. Through the donations of friends and neighbors, we still had a little money in a savings account, so Karen took what was left and went to the pharmacy, hoping we would have enough to buy the needed prescription.

THE OREGON PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM HAS BEEN A GOD-SEND FOR US.

Using the Oregon Prescription Drug Program (OPDP) card that I had just received in the mail, the prescription I needed was $44.00. We were flabbergasted! The negotiated discount price was roughly 10% of what we had expected to pay for the prescription.

Because of Oregon's unique prescription program,
we were able to afford the prescription I desperately needed.

Everyone in Oregon should have access to affordable prescriptions.

The Oregon Prescription Drug Program works a lot like Costco. The more people who join, the more everyone saves. Even better than Costco, there are no membership fees

As taxpayers, we are also glad to know that with this measure we won't pay a single extra penny because the administrative expenses to run this low-cost program are already in place. By negotiating with drug manufacturers and pharmacies, the program pays for itself.

JOIN US IN VOTING YES ON MEASURE 44-PRESCRIPTION FOR A HEALTHY OREGON.

Mike and Karen Bryant

(This information furnished by Mike Bryant, Karen Bryant.)


Argument in Favor

Oregonians shouldn't have to take buses to Canada or Mexico
to get their life-saving medicines.

Measure 44 will reduce prescription drug costs
so everyone can get their medicine here at home.

By joining together, the Oregon Prescription Drug Program gives everyone in Oregon the same bulk purchasing power as the big insurance companies.

Vote YES on Measure 44
to reduce prescription drug costs by up to 60%

Your YES vote will let Kathy Karppinen of Forest Grove join the pool.
As a diabetic with a sleeping disorder, Kathy took $1200 in medications that were covered by insurance, until her husband lost his job of 30 years. At 53, she doesn't qualify for the Oregon Prescription Drug Program, and has gone without many of her needed prescriptions. "I never thought I'd have to choose between buying my insulin or sleeping medication. The Oregon Prescription Drug Program would help me afford prescriptions I need to stay out of the hospital."

Your YES vote will let Jason Reynolds of Portland join the pool.
After falling through the donut hole in his Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, Jason is now going without needed medications,. "The cost of my prescriptions exceed my monthly income. I'm paying the full cost for some of my medications and going without others. Measure 44 will fill the holes in Bush's prescription plan and help people like me."

Your YES vote will let Aleta Taal and her son of Oregon City join the pool.
Aleta works and is a full-time student, but she and her son can't afford health insurance. When Ryan developed strep throat last year, Aleta had to use her rent money to buy the $346 in prescriptions he needed. "You have to take care of your sick kid. I wish OPDP would have been an option for us."

The One Million Oregonians without Prescription Drug Coverage
ask you to vote YES on Measure 44.

(This information furnished by Maribeth Healey, Yes on 44- Prescription for a Healthy Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

IF YOU CARE ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH,
VOTE
YES ON MEASURE 44.

When it comes to prescription drugs for mental illnesses, one size does not fit all. Each person reacts differently to anti-psychotic or anti-depressant medications.

Individual body composition can make one prescription drug more effective than another. Using other medications can lead to potentially dangerous side effects.

We MUST:

  • Give every patient the freedom to choose the best medication for their health & lifestyle
  • Make their prescription drugs more affordable.

If Oregon really hopes to stem the mental health crisis, we need a health care system that uses the power of the consumer to guarantee choice, affordability and access.

A YES vote on Measure 44 is a tremendous step in that direction.

ALL Oregonians, even those without insurance coverage, must have choice and access. The most cost-effective and humane solution for mental health patients is to respect the roles of the practitioner and consumer to select the treatment that works best. Measure 44 gives more than a million Oregonians the opportunity for effective mental health treatment.

A recent national mental health report on America's health care system for serious mental illness gave Oregon barely a passing grade.

In fact, our per capita mental health spending ranks 40th in the country. It's no wonder funding was cited as the primary critical need.

We aren't going to fix those problems overnight, but
Measure 44 is exactly the kind of first step we need.

Vote YES to make sure all of our state's mental health patients have access to affordable, effective medications.

Monica Kosman
President
National Alliance on Mental Illness – Oregon

(This information furnished by Monica Kosman, President, National Alliance on Mental Illness – Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

OREGON HEALTH ACTION CAMPAIGN URGES A YES VOTE ON MEASURE 44

$1,128 of every family health insurance premium pays for the costs of the uninsured.

When Oregonians can't afford the medications they need, too many end up worse off and in the emergency room- driving up the cost of health care for all of us.

Oregon Health Action Campaign supports Measure 44.
Access to affordable prescription drugs is crucial for quality health care.

Oregon Health Action Campaign is a statewide coalition of individuals and organizations who have come together to empower the consumer voice in the development of quality, responsive health systems that allow all people to access the health care they need, when they need it from the providers of their choice at an affordable cost.

Here's why Oregonians from around the state support Measure 44:

"With the loss of family wage jobs that provide benefits in Eastern Oregon, more and more of us go without health care. Access to affordable prescription drugs is vital to the health and economy in our community."
Glenna Awbrey, La Grande

"As a public health nurse, I have seen too many families struggling with the choice of buying needed medications or paying rent. The Oregon Prescription Drug Program will ease the burden for families in our community."
Mary Lou Hennrich, R.N., Portland

"Affordable prescription drugs are a huge necessity for the seniors, children and working families in our community. Measure 44 will bring relief to those struggling to access health care, and reduce costs for all of us."
Rich Rohde, Ashland

"Coastal communities have been hit hard by our declining economy. Access to affordable prescriptions would help ensure children, seniors and families get the care they need."
Linda Peckron, Lincoln City

The Oregon Prescription Drug Program gives consumers the power to negotiate a fair price for prescriptions, just as the big insurance companies do today.

Join with Oregon Health Action Campaign in voting YES on Measure 44.

(This information furnished by Ellen Pinney, Oregon Health Action Campaign.)


Argument in Favor

In 2006, 20% of Oregon's low-income children did not receive a needed prescription because of the high cost.

Working in Oregon's classrooms with at-risk and special needs students, we see the impact of the high cost of prescription drugs. When students don't have access to the prescriptions they need, it is much harder for them to be successful in school.

Today, over 117,000 children in Oregon go without health insurance, and many families lack prescription drug coverage. They pay 60% more for prescriptions than the lowest negotiated price.

Because healthy kids learn better, the American Federation of Teachers-Oregon urges a YES vote on Measure 44.

AFT-Oregon represents thousands of Oregon workers in K-12 classrooms, child care centers, community colleges, and higher education. We care about kids and their families. To us, Measure 44 is a simple solution to keep families healthier.

Measure 44 will allow Oregon to negotiate lower prescription prices, just like the big insurance companies. By opening up Oregon's unique purchasing program to all Oregonians without prescription drug coverage, Measure 44 will make prescription drugs more affordable and accessible. The more people in the pool, the larger the savings for everyone.

AFT members working in hospitals and the health care professions know that when someone on medication for heart disease or diabetes goes without, we all pay the price. These patients often end up seeking emergency care when they can't access their preventative medications. Measure 44 will take a big step forward in helping all of us with the high cost of prescription drugs.

We see more and more difficult bargaining sessions as districts grapple with rising costs for health insurance. Measure 44 will also reduce the cost of health care for all of us- families, businesses and school districts.

Measure 44 will reduce the skyrocketing cost of health care for all of us!

Join AFT-Oregon members in voting
YES on Measure 44- Prescription for a Healthy Oregon

Mark Schwebke, President
AFT-Oregon

(This information furnished by Mark Schwebke, President, AFT-Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

MEASURE 44 IS IMPORTANT FOR OREGON'S CHILDREN

With 117,000 children in Oregon uninsured, and many more underinsured,
too many parents are forced to choose between filling the refrigerator
and filling a prescription.

Affordable, quality and comprehensive health care is not only vital to a child's health and well-being, it is an essential component of every family's financial stability.

Measure 44 will help uninsured families afford the prescriptions their children need.

Growing up healthy is essential for a child's success. Having unmet health needs can significantly impact a child's well-being and reduces her or his ability to learn and grow into a productive adult.

Uninsured children are 10 times more likely than insured children
to miss out on needed medical care.

When children and their families are unable to access necessary health care – society pays a high price.

Access to affordable prescription drugs is one less worry
for families of children with chronic illnesses.

Children without health insurance are more likely to suffer from earaches, sore throats and asthma – common childhood illnesses that force students to miss school and hamper educational success.

An estimated 63,000 children in Oregon have asthma, and children under the age of 5 have the highest rate of emergency room visits for out-of-control asthma.

Whether it is a one-time antibiotic for an ear infection or an ongoing asthma medication, the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs is a burden for many Oregon families.

Every child in Oregon deserves access to quality health care.
Measure 44 is a step in the right direction.

Children First for Oregon
Oregon School-Based Health Care Network
Oregon Pediatric Society
Stand for Children

(This information furnished by Tina Kotek, Children First for Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

Oregon's Educators Support Measure 44

We, the 45,000 members of the Oregon Education Association, are on the front lines teaching, counseling, transporting, and caring for children in our public schools. We see the impact of escalating health care costs for Oregon's families.

Every day we work with kids who go without the
medicines they need to be healthy and ready to learn.

That is why securing affordable health care for Oregonians is a key component of our work in support of public education.

Health care costs are now 25% of our state budget and increasing at an alarming rate. Prescription drug costs are on average 14% of overall health care premiums.

These increasing costs mean more Oregon families and children are unable to afford health insurance and prescription drugs. They also mean higher costs for businesses, government, and school districts.

We support expanding Oregon's prescription drug
purchasing pool so that more Oregonians and school
districts can save money on prescription drug costs.

The Oregon Prescription Drug Program is an innovative plan that has already lowered the cost of medications for thousands. Measure 44 will expand this simple, smart program to more than a million Oregonians—including 117,000 children—who lack prescription drug coverage. Administrative costs for the program are covered by the savings from bulk purchasing, so expanding it won't cost taxpayers anything.

Measure 44 will:

  • Allow families to save up to 60% on their medicines.
  • Give Oregonians the same bulk purchasing power as the big insurance companies.
  • Open up a successful, cost-effective program to students of all ages.
  • Help reduce the cost of health care for all of us, without any cost to taxpayers.

No child should be denied access to needed
medications because families can't afford them.

The Oregon Education Association urges a YES vote on
Measure 44.

Larry Wolf, President
Oregon Education Association

(This information furnished by Larry Wolf, President, Oregon Education Association.)


Argument in Favor

Vote YES on Measure 44

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon supports Measure 44.

For many in the faith community, one's health is a gift from God. We all have a personal responsibility to care for this gift. And we all have a solemn responsibility to make health care accessible and affordable to as many people as possible. There are hundreds of thousands of Oregon residents without adequate prescription drug coverage. Many are elderly, children, and working families. They are all one step away from life threatening illnesses.

Measure 44 will change this for some through the power of a purchasing pool for people without prescription drug coverage, including those in Medicare Part D's doughnut hole. This is not a government handout. Nor is it a cash assistance program. It's a smart way to do business and it's needed. By the simple step of pooling individuals without prescription drug coverage together, prescriptions would be sold at a lower cost to those that join the state's purchase program.

You can help make a difference in the lives of close to 1,000,000 Oregonians that would be eligible to join the drug purchasing pool. It's the power of numbers. It's the simple power of your vote to make a difference.

Help reduce the cost of prescriptions for people who need it. No Oregonian should be forced to choose between life-saving prescription drugs and food.

Signed by the Executive Committee of EMO
Rev. Alcena Boozer, St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church, Portland
Rev. Kent Harrop, First Baptist Church, McMinnville
Rev. Dr. Dan E. H. Bryant, (Disciples of Christ) First Christian Church, Eugene
Rev. Stephen Schafroth, St. Paul Episcopal Church, The Dalles
Rev. Mark Knutson, Augustana Lutheran Church, Portland
Trudy Bradley, (Disciples of Christ) First Christian Church, Portland

Join with faith leaders in voting YES on Ballot Measure 44.
Vote YES on Measure 44.

For more information on EMO's positions on all ten ballot measures, go to www.emoregon.org.

(This information furnished by Rev. Alcena Boozer, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

Oregon's diverse populations support Measure 44

Like too many other Oregonians, many of our state's African Americans, Asian Americans and Latinos don't have access to affordable health insurance or prescription drug coverage, and struggle to afford the cost of today's expensive prescription medications.

With estimates now well over one million Oregonians who don't have prescription drug coverage – across all races, ethnicities, backgrounds and ages, but disparately affecting the minority and other medically underserved populations that we represent – this is nearing crisis mode. We've got to act!

Supporting Measure 44 is one simple, effective way we can all attack this problem and make a difference.

Measure 44 gives our state the ability to use the Costco model – the more people who can join and pool together, the more they can save. By negotiating directly with drug makers and pharmacies, the cost of prescription drugs can be reduced up to 60 percent and it doesn't cost us one dime because we'd be using an existing structure and using the deep discounts!

This would benefit all Oregonians … When our citizens don't have access to, or can't afford, to take preventative medications or seek the care they need, it hurts and costs us all.

Measure 44 is one way to help bridge, and eventually eliminate, gaps in health care and outcomes for urban and rural, racial and ethnic minority and other underserved populations. And it's smart and simple medicine for all Oregonians.

Vote 'YES' on Measure 44 because it:

  • delivers fairness and equity;
  • reduces out-of-control prescription drug costs; and
  • holds down the cost of everyone's health care.

Asian Health and Service Center
Oregon Latino Health Coalition
Urban League of Portland

(This information furnished by Holden Leung, Asian Health & Service Center; Leda Garside, Chair, Oregon Latino Health Coalition; Marcus C. Mundy, Urban League of Portland.)


Argument in Favor

Oregon consumers deserve
the same negotiating power as big insurance companies.

OSPIRG AND OREGON ACTION ASK YOU TO VOTE YES ON MEASURE 44

Prescription drug prices are out-of-control and the uninsured pay the highest price. According to recent studies, uninsured Oregonians pay 61% more than what the drug companies charge federal agencies like the Veterans Administration for the same drugs. That's because the uninsured have no one negotiating lower prices on their behalf. Measure 44 offers a smart solution, leveraging the buying power of more Oregonians to negotiate lower prices.

Oregonians shouldn't have to take buses to Canada or Mexico
to afford their prescription drugs.
Measure 44 means consumers can afford their life-saving medications here at home.

Joining together, consumers have the power to negotiate a fair price for our prescriptions. Unlike the Bush Administration prescription drug plan, the Oregon Prescription Drug Program has no confusing and complicated plans, actually lowers prescription drug prices and offers no big giveaways to pharmaceutical companies.

We've been in the halls of the state capitol, advocating for affordable health care. Thousands of Oregonians called, wrote and visited legislators asking for this groundbreaking prescription drug program to be opened to all Oregonians without prescription coverage.

As advocates for consumers, we support Measure 44
because it restores fairness in prescription pricing.

Oregon State Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG) is a non-partisan, nonprofit that delivers persistent, result-oriented public interest activism that protects our environment, encourages a fair, sustainable economy, and fosters responsive, democratic government. When consumers are cheated or the voices of ordinary citizens are drowned out by special interest lobbyists, OSPIRG speaks up and takes action.

Oregon Action is organizing people on the downside of power to work together building power winning campaigns making real changes in our lives and our communities. We work on issues that profoundly influence people's lives — jobs, health care, housing, hunger, criminal justice, taxes.

Stand Up for Consumers
Vote YES ON MEASURE 44

(This information furnished by Laura Etherton, Oregon State Public Interest Research Group; Jo Ann Bowman, Oregon Action.)


Argument in Favor

An Important Message from the American Cancer Society

YES ON MEASURE 44:
A HEALTHIER OREGON

Today's medicines make it possible to save and improve lives more than at any other time in human history. But only if you can afford it.

Prescription drugs = tremendous benefits
Prescription drugs = less time in a hospital bed
Prescription drugs = less surgery

Measure 44 makes prescription drugs more affordable for more than one million Oregonians who don't have prescription coverage.

Measure 44 allows people to choose life without losing their life savings.

The American Cancer Society urges you to vote yes on Measure 44.

Prescription medicines have made enormous strides toward keeping people alive, providing patients with numerous treatment options, helping them determine the course of potential recovery and their own quality of life. It's tragic that those choices don't exist for everyone.

In Oregon nearly a third of us don't have those choices
due to lack of prescription drug coverage.

You're pretty hard pressed these days to not have a family member or a friend who hasn't been touched by cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or chronic asthma. What you may not realize is that several families living on your block or just around the corner can't afford to pay for the prescription drugs that can help manage those illnesses or even save their lives.

Vote YES on Measure 44. Vote YES for your neighbors.
Vote YES for yourself.

(This information furnished by Maribeth Healey, Yes on 44- Prescription for a Healthy Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

The Working Families Party of Oregon
Urges a YES Vote on Measure 44
And Legislative Action to Make Health Care Affordable
For All Oregonians

What can we do to control health care costs for working Oregonians and their families?

One answer to that question begins with the Oregon Prescription Drug Program (OPDP), which uses pooled purchasing to negotiate lower prices for medications from the pharmaceutical companies.

In the crazy world of prescription drug pricing, what you pay depends on who you are: The bigger you are and the more you buy, the less you pay. As a result, individuals who participate in large insurance groups are rewarded with better prices, while those without insurance pay the highest prices of all.

Measure 44 offers a way to overcome this problem – by opening up the OPDP to all individuals without insurance coverage for prescription drugs. These individuals pay the highest prices now; they deserve a better deal.

We urge a YES vote on Measure 44.

But Measure 44 doesn't go far enough. We will urge the legislature next year to open the OPDP to individuals with health insurance coverage as well. Hundreds of thousands of Oregonians are covered by small employer groups, who could benefit from the purchasing power of the state program.

And prescription drugs are only part of the problem.

We need to get control of rising health care costs at their source, from those incomprehensible hospital bills to the cost-plus premiums charged by insurers.

We need to expand coverage, beginning with the 117,000 Oregon children without health insurance.

And, we need to make sure that we get the best possible care for the money we're spending.

There are ways to do all of this. But it requires action by our state lawmakers.

To review our ideas for the 2007 legislative session and to give us your own, go to our website at www.oregonwfp.org.

The Working Families Party of Oregon

(This information furnished by Barbara Dudley, Working Families Party of Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

SEIU 503 MEMBERS URGE A YES VOTE ON MEASURE 44

We are working to reduce the skyrocketing cost of health care for all Oregonians.

Measure 44 is part of the solution!

Our 40,000 members are working to make health care more affordable for all Oregonians. We're taking on the special interests, like the pharmaceutical, insurance, and hospital corporations that make health care expensive and hard to get.

In the 2003 and 2005 legislative sessions, we fought for affordable health care. We supported legislation to begin and expand Oregon's unique prescription drug purchasing program.

SEIU members were in the halls of the Capitol all session long urging lawmakers to do the right thing. Nearly fifty SEIU members participated in the one and only hearing in the House on the bill to expand the prescription drug pool. We spent hours sharing stories of family members, friends, and neighbors forced to choose between filling the refrigerator and filling a prescription. Sadly, the one drug industry lobbyist in the room trumped our pleas.

The drug industry, through its friends in the Capitol, killed that legislation. But with your YES vote on Measure 44, Oregonians will have the last word.

Oregonians will have the right to negotiate reduced prescription prices – just like the big insurance companies do now.

Skyrocketing health care costs are crushing working families, businesses, and government. Cutting health care benefits or shifting more costs to employees does nothing to solve the problem.

It's time for common-sense solutions to get our health care costs under control. Because right now, we're all paying the price.

SEIU 503 members urge a YES vote on Measure 44.

Leslie Frane, Executive Director
SEIU Local 503, OPEU

(This information furnished by Leslie Frane, Executive Director, SEIU Local 503, OPEU.)


Argument in Favor

A Message from a Pharmacist in Support of Measure 44

Ballot Measure 44 Eliminates Drug-Buying
Trips to Canada and Mexico

"The pharmacy is where the rubber meets the road. I see the pain in my customers' eyes when the pharmacy bill is more than they can afford. It is heartbreaking every time. I support Measure 44 because it offers help to those in need."
Daniel L. Kennedy, RPh, Portland

AS A PHARMACIST,
I CARE ABOUT KEEPING FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS HEALTHY

THEREFORE, I URGE YOU TO VOTE YES ON BALLOT MEASURE 44.

I see too many Oregonians who can't afford the prescription drugs they need.

As a pharmacist, we buy wholesale and we sell retail. Pharmaceutical companies set the prices we charge. We see the drastic price variances, with big insurance companies able to get lower prices by using their size to negotiate above-average price breaks from drug manufacturers.

Measure 44 gives all Oregonians the same negotiating power as the big drug companies.

Patients shouldn't have to drive to Canada or Mexico to buy lower-cost drugs. They should be able to get their medications right here at home in the pharmacies we staff. Measure 44 is a step in the right direction.

Measure 44 channels more than one million Oregonians into a single, large-scale purchasing pool. Its sheer size motivates drug manufacturers to offer discounts and rebates.

Oregon consumers receive discounts of up to 60% off prescriptions.
And best of all, it doesn't cost taxpayers a single extra penny.

The more people join, the more people save.

As a taxpayer I am thrilled that the program pays for itself.

Unlike Medicare Part D, this program is simple and smart.

That is why, as a pharmacist, I am asking you to vote YES on Measure 44.

Daniel L. Kennedy, RPh, Portland

(This information furnished by Maribeth Healey, Yes on 44- Prescription for a Healthy Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

A MESSAGE FROM FORMER GOVERNOR JOHN KITZHABER, M.D.

Urging you to VOTE YES on MEASURE 44

Fellow Oregonians,

I support Ballot Measure 44 because it represents a grassroots effort to address one of the most serious problems facing our state and our nation: the growing crisis in our health care system.

As a doctor, I believe that the goal of our health system should be health – not just the financing and delivery of health care. But part of staying healthy involves timely access to needed prescription drugs. When people are unable to afford the medications they need, they often end up with much more serious problems.

When I was an emergency room doctor in Roseburg, I once saw a man who had suffered a massive stroke because he could not afford the medication to manage his blood pressure. And the cost of his hospitalization was dramatically higher than the cost of the medications which could have prevented his stroke in the first place.

My point is that it costs us far more as a society –in both human and economic terms – to leave hundreds of thousands of Oregonians without timely access to prescription drugs – than to ensure that everyone can afford the medications they need. Yet today, nearly one million Oregonians do not have prescription drug coverage. By opening Oregon's prescription drug purchasing pool to all citizens, Oregonians can gain the same negotiating power as large employers and insurance companies to negotiate directly with drug manufacturers and pharmacists for lower prices.

Measure 44 is a practical, market based solution to the problem of high drug costs. I urge you to join me in voting YES ON MEASURE 44 to help more Oregonians gain access to the medications they need.

Former Governor John A. Kitzhaber, M.D.

(This information furnished by Governor John A. Kitzhaber, M.D.)


Argument in Favor

"Uninsured Clobbered by High Drug Costs" The Oregonian, 7/19/06

"Uninsured in Oregon likely to go without care" Associated Press, 4/27/06

"More children losing out on health insurance" The Oregonian, 4/2/06

THE NEED FOR AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE IS CLEAR.
Oregonians for Health Security urges you to vote Yes on Measure 44

We are health care professionals, consumer, business, labor and faith organizations, caregivers, and concerned citizens advocating for improved access to quality, affordable and secure health care.

We worked to create Oregon's unique prescription drug program because the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs are burdening Oregon families, businesses and governments. Oregon's Prescription Drug Program is combining the purchasing power of state agencies, school districts, local governments and individuals to negotiate the best prices for prescription drugs.

Instead of taking a bus to Canada or Mexico,
Oregonians should have access to affordable prescriptions here at home.

Oregon's unique Prescription Drug Program is a success. With a simple application, participants receive a free card they can use at over 90% of Oregon pharmacies, including all national chains, to receive the negotiated discount price. Discounts of up to 60% help Oregonians access their life-saving medications.

Drug industry lobbyists blocked this bill in the Legislature.
Now you have the chance to stand up to them- Vote YES to reduce the cost of prescription drugs.

During the 2005 legislative session, we fought for legislation to allow more Oregonians to join the program because expanding the pool will lower prescription costs for everyone. Thousands of Oregonians testified, wrote letters and called their legislators in support of lower drug prices, but drug industry lobbyists thwarted their efforts.

Oregonians for Health Security Urge your Yes Vote on Measure 44
because Oregonians deserve relief from skyrocketing prescription prices.

visit our website at www.OregoniansForHealthSecurity.org

(This information furnished by Maribeth Healey, Oregonians for Health Security.)


Argument in Favor

Vote YES on MEASURE 44
Shattering the barriers to affordable prescriptions for more than one million Oregonians

The following organizations urge you to VOTE YES ON MEASURE 44

AARP Oregon
Advocacy Coalition of Seniors and People with Disabilities
AFT-Oregon
American Cancer Society
CareOregon
Children First for Oregon
Community Action Directors of Oregon
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Elders in Action Commission
Eugene-Springfield Solidarity Network
Human Services Coalition of Oregon
League of Women Voters of Oregon
Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good
National Alliance on Mental Illness- Oregon, Monica Kosman
National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 82
National Association of Social Workers, Oregon Chapter
Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries
Oregon AAUW
Oregon Action
Oregon AFL-CIO
Oregon AFSCME Council 75
Oregon AFSCME Retirees Association
Oregon Alliance for Retired Americans
Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities
Oregon Consumer League
Oregon Education Association
Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals
Oregon Health Action Campaign
Oregon Nurses Association
Oregon Society of Physician Assistants
Oregon State Public Interest Research Group
Oregon Women's Rights Coalition
Oregonians for Health Security
Our Oregon
Parkinson's Resources of Oregon
Portland Fire Fighters' Association
Portland Jobs with Justice
SEIU Local 49
SEIU Local 503, OPEU
Seniors Serving Oregon Coalition, Inc.
Stand for Children
Tuality Healthcare
United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 555
Working Families Party of Oregon

(This information furnished by Maribeth Healey, Yes on 44- Prescription for a Healthy Oregon.)

 

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