HADASSAH SADDENED BY FAILURE OF OREGON HEALTH CARE MEASURE
(New York, NY – November 7, 2007) – Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is saddened by the failure of Measure 50, dubbed the Healthy Kids Plan, to pass a public referendum in Oregon yesterday. If the measure had passed, taxes on cigarettes would have been raised by 84.5 cents per pack and the proceeds would have provided health coverage to more than 100,000 uninsured Oregon children.
According to Nancy Falchuk, National President of Hadassah: “Hadassah believes that every American should have access to affordable heath care. We are particularly concerned about the nine million children in this country whose health and well-being are at risk because they do not have health insurance. The proposition in Oregon was an elegant solution to providing children with medical care and treatment, which we believe to be one of this nation’s number one health care priority. We consider the defeat of this measure heartbreaking and hope that those who supported this referendum will continue their fight.”
Hadassah, which owns two major medical centers in Jerusalem and numerous outpatient clinics, is renowned for its commitment to health care. At meetings this week in Chicago, the national board of the organization passed a resolution calling for the U.S. to reform its health care system to give every American equal opportunity under the law to obtain high quality health care.
The resolution read, in part: “Hadassah calls upon the federal government to adopt health care reform that ensures access to coverage for every American, starting with coverage for every child under the age of 18…. While the federal government works to reform the national health care system, Hadassah calls upon state governments to continue to enact legislation that expands affordable coverage and improves the quality of care for every American.”