Editorial: Republicans should force a different Medicaid solution

If you think you are paying enough for health care, you’ll love a pair of bills in the Legislature that likely would raise the cost.

House Bill 2391 would increase the cost of health care for many Oregonians. It includes a 0.7 percent tax on hospitals. That may be passed on to patients. But the bill includes a new 1.5 percent insurance premium tax.

That would raise the cost of health insurance on school districts, local governments, small businesses and people who buy insurance in the health insurance marketplace.

The second bill, House Bill 3398, takes $50 million that the state has collected in a program to help control costs for insurance companies and returns it to insurance companies.

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