How Do We Win Universal Health Care?


The Health Care is a Human Right – WA Coalition sponsored an important public forum on Saturday, Jan 26th, titled Winning Universal Health Care – Federal, State, and Local Action. The forum looked at ways to move health care reform forward in 2019 and beyond.

Washington State Labor Council President Larry Brown and Secretary Treasurer April Sim kicked off the forum with a message about the importance of labor in the fight for universal health care coverage.

US Representative Pramila Jayapal, the lead sponsor of Medicare for All, was unable to attend due to the government shutdown but she addressed us by video from DC. 


Nathan Rodke of Washington CAN! moderated a panel of legislators sponsoring legislation to advance universal health care. From left to right: Rep. Seattle Council Member Teresa Mosqueda, King County Council Chair Rod Dembowski,  State Representative Nicole Macri, State Senators David Frockt, Joe Nguyen and Bob Hasegawa. It was held the at the El Centro de la Raza Community Center on Beacon Hill.


The meeting was lively and very well attended. Watch the forum here. Congresswoman Jayapal’s inspiring report is 5 minutes long and starts at 5 minutes into the video, following the State Labor Council officers’ 5-minute welcoming remarks.

Enjoy this slideshow from the event:



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Thank you to the sponsors and volunteers — and the 200 audience members! To win, we need everybody pitching in  and being Loud and Proud for Universal Health Care.

Photos by Maria Kearney

Presented by the Healthcare is a Human Right – WA Coalition

Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
WA Community Action Network
Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action
Health Care for All-WA
SEIU Healthcare 1199 NW
Physicians for a National Health Program – W. WA
Seattle Indivisible
Northwest Health Law Advocates

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