Our current private/for-profit healthcare system is in crisis: 522,000 Washington State residents don’t have any healthcare coverage, many more are under-insured, and rates are going up 19% in our state this year. These stats represent real people and genuine hardship that requires urgent action.
Healthcare is the number one concern of most voters, and there’s a solution supported by a majority. In Washington, more than 60% want a government-funded, universal healthcare option. Some legislators are listening. Senator Bob Hasegawa has filed SB 5222, to implement the Whole Washington Health Trust. If this bill passes, every single Washington resident would have quality care, including vision, dental, and mental health services. And there are some unique strengths about this bill to consider:
- It can be implemented with the same efficient timeline as Governor Inslee’s Cascade Care bill announced on January 8th.
- It’s been reviewed and vetted by the Department of Revenue and the Employment Securities Department.
- It’s based on I-1600, which was endorsed by the Washington State Green Party.
- It’s backed by a study by Dr. Gerald Friedman, a world-renowned healthcare economist.
- It will save Washington residents billions annually. That’s billions with a ‘b’.
- It doesn’t contract with for-profit insurance companies. It’s universal healthcare.
- It’s fully funded and has a transition phase that doesn’t rely on federal waivers.
Getting these bills out of Committee will take a huge Grassroots effort by Washington Citizens. Please take a few minutes of your day to have your voice heard in Olympia. We have only until Feb. 22nd to move this bill out of committee in Olympia and onto the floor for a vote.
This bill is ready, and the time to act is now!