Oregon state lawmakers vote on making health care a right

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's Legislature is considering taking a step toward enshrining the right to health care in its state Constitution, which would be unprecedented in the United States.

The House of Representatives votes on the bill Tuesday.

A yes vote sends it to the Senate and approval would put it on the ballot for Oregon voters in November's election.

The move comes as the Trump administration has tried to dismantle former President Barack Obama's health care law.

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek said passage would send an important message because the Trump administration has made efforts to scale back Medicare and Medicaid.

Richard Cauchi of the National Conference of State Legislatures says that no U.S. states have enshrined universal health care coverage in their state constitutions.