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BRO Urges YES on 44, NO on 40

Each week from now until election day, BRO will bring you an in depth focus on the most critical ballot measures of this election. This week we focus on Measures 44 and 40.

Vote YES on Measure 44
Prescription drug costs have been sky rocketing for years, so have the number of people without health insurance and prescription drug coverage. Measure 44 will help make prescription drugs more affordable.

Measure 44 Overview:

The program allows the state to negotiate a reduced drug cost, and pass it on to eligible members of the program. These cost savings come from the pool of people the state is buying for. Since its implementation, it has saved over $500,000 in costs and has served over 4,000 Oregonians.

Ballot Measure 44 would expand the pool of eligible consumers, by removing the eligibility requirements for the program. With measure 44, every Oregonian without prescription drug coverage will be eligible for the program.

Impact of Measure 44
With Oregon’s Prescription Drug Program, uninsured and underinsured patients can receive vital drugs for treatment and ensure a quality of life they deserve.

Measure 44 will allow Oregonians to save as much as 60% on their medications, regardless of age or income. Measure 44 is simple and smart. It works a lot like Costco, but without the membership fee. The more people who join, the more everyone saves.

The Oregon Prescription Drug Program is an established program, so, there is no additional cost to taxpayers with the passage of Measure 44. Even better, this measure will save money for Oregon health care consumers. Measure 44 is a Win for ALL Oregonians!

Vote NO on Measure 40
Measure 44 would amend the Oregon Constitution to require that Oregon Supreme Court Judges and Court of Appeals Judges be elected to the bench by geographic districts.

This measure is supported by wealthy conservative Oregon financier, Loren Parks and anti-tax advocacy group, Freedom Works and opposed by a broad range of folks from former Governor John Kitzhaber to the Oregon League of Women Voters.

Impact of Measure 40:

This measure inserts politics and special interest influence into the Oregon's highest courts. Currently, the judiciary is the branch of government least impacted by special interest influences and is therefore in a position to interpret state law and the Constitution in a way that protects the minority from the tyranny of the majority. An independent and impartial judiciary, are key to advancing civil rights in Oregon and there is no need and no advantage to amending our state Constitution in this manner. Oregon defeated a similar measure in 2002 and it should be rejected again.
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