Oregon Tobacco Settlement Fund for Low-Income Healthcare, Measure 4 (2000)

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The Oregon Tobacco Settlement Fund for Low-Income Healthcare Act, also known as Measure 4, was on the November 7, 2000 ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated. The measure would have created a tobacco settlement trust fund to be used for public low-income health care.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 4 (2000)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No789,54354.81%
Yes 650,850 45.19%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Ballot title

Dedicates Tobacco-Settlement Proceeds; Earnings Fund Low-Income Healthcare[2]

Proponents

Senator Eugene D. Timms, Senator Lee Beyer, and Edwin Eugene Patterson

Support

[3] Supporters believed the measure would provide for the best use of tobacco settlement money and ensures stable health care funding for uninsured children and adults in Oregon.

Some of those in favor of the measure were:

  • Oregon Nurses Association
  • Governor (until 2003) John A. Kitzhaber, M.D.
  • Oregon Medical Association
  • Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

Opposition

[4] The American Heart Association, The American Lung Association of Oregon and many others believed the measure should have designated funding towards tobacco-use prevention and urged voters not to pass a measure that doesn't use the money for what they consider to be its "intended" use.

Some of the others opposed were:

  • The American Cancer Society
  • Oregon State Council of Senior Citizens
  • Oregon Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals
  • Housing Lobby Coalition

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