Health Care For All Oregon Applauds Legislature’s Passage of SJR 12,
The Hope Amendment;
Will Work To Ensure Universal Health Care Becomes A Constitutional Right
PORTLAND, Ore., May 19, 2021 — On Wednesday, May 19, the Oregon House of Representatives passed SJR 12 by a 34 to 23 vote, ensuring a ballot measure to add an amendment to the Oregon Constitution guaranteeing access to health care for all Oregonians will appear on the November 2022 ballot.
SJR 12, also known as the HOPE amendment, passed the Oregon Senate by a 17-13 vote earlier this year. If the ballot measure is approved by voters, Oregon’s Constitution would recognize access to health care as a fundamental human right.
“Oregonians have shown strong support for providing universal access to health care, and now is the time to guarantee it,” says Tom Sincic, President of Health Care For All Oregon. “This pandemic has intensified the glaring inequities in our healthcare system, and we need to put an end to these disparities.”
Health Care For All Oregon will join a broad coalition of supporters on the front lines to make sure the HOPE Amendment becomes part of Oregon’s Constitution.
Health Care For All Oregon (HCAO) is working for equitable, affordable, comprehensive, high-quality, publicly funded healthcare. Find out more at hcao.org.