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City Club of Eugene: Measure 111: Should Affordable Health Care be a Constitutional Right?

 Speakers debate the pros and cons of Measure 111, which is on the Nov. 8 ballot in Oregon.
City Club of Eugene
Speakers debate the pros and cons of Measure 111, which is on the Nov. 8 ballot in Oregon.

Program date: Oct. 14, 2022

Air date: Oct. 17, 2022

From The City Club of Eugene:

On November 8, Oregon voters will decide whether to support or oppose a proposal to amend the Oregon Constitution. If the measure passes, it would require that the state “ensure that every resident of Oregon has access to cost-effective, clinically appropriate and affordable health care as a fundamental right.” If it doesn’t pass, lawmakers and communities will continue to work on finding other ways to meet healthcare needs.

While most people see the value in making sure everyone stays healthy, opinions differ widely on how to do that in medically effective, efficient, and sustainable ways.

In this forum, two doctors with long experience in practicing medicine and in working on policies to provide more prudent and provident health care systems, a community leader from a healthcare advocacy group, and a state representative active on the House Committee for Healthcare describe their positions on this measure.

This forum is moderated by KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert.


Emerson Hamlin (they/them) is the campaign manager for the Right to Healthcare Campaign, which advocates for a yes vote on Measure 111. Prior to working on this campaign, they served on the staff of Rep. Mitch Greenlick during the 2019-2020 legislative sessions, including working on HJR 202, a precursor to Measure 111; and as Chief of Staff for Rep. Zach Hudson; and on other campaigns over the last five years. Most notably, they worked on Preschool for All, the measure that created a universal preschool program in Multnomah County. They graduated summa cum laude from Portland State University with a BA in political science.

Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, MD, is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Family Medicine at OHSU. She has served as the State Senator for Northwest Portland and Beaverton since 2011. She is Senate Co-Chair of the Full Ways & Means Committee, which oversees Oregon’s state budget. Senator Steiner Hayward also serves as Deputy Majority Leader for the Senate Democrats. In her time in the Oregon Legislature, she has helped raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco products to 21, increase statewide vaccination rates, pass legislation establishing the nation’s first state-wide universally-offered nurse home visiting program for families with new babies, and address the opioid epidemic head-on through behavioral health treatment programs and increasing access to medication-assisted treatment.

Samuel Metz, MD, is a Portland physician. He is vice president of Oregon P hysicians for a National Health Program and a founding member of Mad As Hell Doctors, both of which advocate for single payer healthcare. He was a member of Oregon’s 2018 Universal Access to Health Care legislative work group and of the Oregon Medical Association’s 2018 Universal Healthcare Task Force. He is currently a member of Oregon’s SB 770 Task Force on Universal Health Care.

Ronald Noble is serving his third term as State Representative for Oregon House District 24. His legislative duties during the 2021 legislative session included serving as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Judiciary, Vice-Chair of the House Subcommittee on Equitable Policing, Co-Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Transportation, and Co-Chair of the House and Joint Committees on Conduct. He is also a member of the House Committee on Health Care and the House Committee on Human Services. Prior to election to the legislature, he served 28 years in law enforcement, the last 8 years as Chief of Police in McMinnville, OR. He is a past president of the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and the PSU Hatfield School of Gov’t Public Safety Command College.

About the City Club of Eugene:

The mission of the City Club of Eugene is to build community vision through open inquiry. The Club explores a wide range of significant local, state, and national issues and helps to formulate new approaches and solutions to problems. Membership is open to all, and Club members have a direct influence on public policy by discussing issues of concern with elected officials and other policy makers. The City Club’s mailing address is PO Box 12084, Eugene, OR 97440, and its website iscityclubofeugene.org.

Video and Broadcast

This program will be live streamed, and the videotape will be made available on the City Club of Eugene’s Facebook page and You Tube Channel, in addition to our website. It will be broadcast on Monday, Oct. 17 at 7:00 pm, on KLCC 89.7 FM.

Contact: For more information, contact Silver A. Mogart, City Club of Eugene, Executive Director, (541) 485-7433, administrator@cityclubofeugene.org

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