79th OREGON LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY–2018 Regular Session

House Joint Resolution 203

Sponsored by:

Chief Sponsors:  Representative GREENLICK, Senators MONNES ANDERSON, BEYER, STEINER HAYWARD;

Regular Sponsors: Representatives ALONSO LEON, BARNHART, BOONE, EVANS, FAHEY, GOMBERG, GORSEK, HELM, HERNANDEZ, HOLVEY, KENY-GUYER, KOTEK, LIVELY, MALSTROM, MARSH, MCLAIN, MEEK, NATHANSON, NOSSE, PILUSO, POWER, RAYFIELD, REARDON, SALINAS, SANCHEZ, SMITH WARNER, SOLLMAN, WILLIAMSON, WITT, Senators DEMBROW, FREDERICK, MANNING JR, MONROE, PROZANSKI, RILEY, TAYLOR

SUMMARY

The following summary is not prepared by the sponsors of the measure and is not a part of the body thereof subject to consideration by the Legislative Assembly. It is an editor’s brief statement of the essential features of the measure as introduced. Proposes amendment to Oregon Constitution establishing obligation of state to ensure every resident of state access to effective, medically appropriate and affordable health care. Refers proposed amendment to people for their approval or rejection at next regular general election.

JOINT RESOLUTION:  Whereas there are many components that contribute to good health, including the ability to respond to sickness, disease and injury; and Whereas achieving the goal of living a healthy life is impossible without the ability to access health care; and Whereas health care should be available to everyone; and Whereas the lack of available health care is a barrier to opportunity, success and quality of life; and Whereas Oregonians should not be divided between those who can afford to be healthy and those who cannot; and Whereas Oregonians should not be divided between those who have hopes and dreams and those whose sickness, disease or injury robs them of their hopes and dreams; now, therefore, Be It Resolved by the Legislative Assembly of the State of Oregon:

PARAGRAPH 1. The Constitution of the State of Oregon is amended by creating a new section 47 to be added to and made a part of Article I, such section to read: SECTION 47. It is the obligation of the state to ensure that every resident of Oregon has access to effective, medically appropriate and affordable health care as a fundamental right.

PARAGRAPH 2. The amendment proposed by this resolution shall be submitted to the people for their approval or rejection at the next regular general election held throughout this state.