Oregon Senate will not consider bill to declare healthcare a right

A bill that would amend Oregon's constitution to declare healthcare a right has stalled in the state's Senate, according to SF Gate.

The state House passed the measure 35 votes to 25 Feb. 13, but was not considered by the Senate. Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, chairwoman of the Senate Health Care Committee, said the bill was never brought to a vote in her committee because it did not have a chance of passing.

Rick Osborn, a spokesman for Senate Democrats, said the language of the bill could present legal hurdles.

"There were general concerns that there might be a lawsuit or something similar that might force the issue on what is now being touted as an aspirational thing," said Mr. Osborn, according to SF Gate.

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