Healthcare taxes approved by wide margin

Oregon voters roundly approved temporary taxes to fund health care for low-income individual and families in a statewide ballot initiative election Tuesday night.

Measure 101, which approves actions by the legislature to place taxes on Oregon hospitals and health insurers, was passing 61-39 percent statewide in preliminary results.

In Hood River County voters approved by an even wider margin, with the measure passing 69-31 percent.

Measure 101 was the only item on the ballot in the election.

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