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What’s the matter with Oregon?

Oregon’s a bit of a different place, politically:  It was one of the first states to embrace ballot initiatives and has been home to a range of policy experiments, including doctor-assisted suicide, private property protections, and various environmental initiatives.  But not all of Oregon’s policy experiments turn out so well.

In The Weekly Standard, Mark Hemingway surveys the consequences of Oregon’s various health-care reforms. Some will find Oregon’s experiments appealing, others not.  Yet what should be truly worrisome about Oregon is that it appears to have the highest rate of nonmedical childhood vaccination exemptions of any state.  This is so, even though (on paper) Oregon’s not one of the easier states in which to obtain such an exemption.

I don’t care if Oregonians want to know the names of their chickens, but dodging childhood vaccinations is truly nuts.

Jonathan H. Adler teaches courses in constitutional, administrative, and environmental law at the Case Western University School of Law, where he is the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation.

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