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Support Universal Health Care in WA? Deadline for Public Comment Nov. 11


We’re sharing this Action Alert from Health Care for All – Washington, one of HCHR-WA’s sponsoring organizations. Read on for an excellent summary and call to action for the Universal Health Care Work Group:

At meeting #8, the last meeting before the Work Group sees the draft report from the actuaries, the struggle between what is needed and how to get there was painfully apparent. Some threw up their hands saying it can’t be done, others had a non-universal preferred pathway even while noting that Medicare is the only truly transparent system that keeps costs lower. Representatives from the health insurance and small business communities seemed genuinely bewildered at the idea of a health care delivery system other than the current one.

Once again, public comments opened the meeting, from 12 of the 42 who had signed up. To a person, they strongly supported Option A: Universal healthcare covering all residents with the benefits package and delivery system rules set by the state and the state contracting directly with providers.

A few highlights:

  • Hearing coverage is an essential health benefit. The speaker noted that she has spent $50,000 on 16 different hearing aids during her lifetime, and that 1,000,000 Washingtonians suffer hearing loss (1 in 3 by age 65)
  • Unions now solidly support universal health care, and 100,000 Washingtonians have been laid off due to COVID-19, losing employer-sponsored health insurance along with their jobs, according to HCFA-WA member David Loud
  • The Work Group needs to remember why they are here: to study and make recommendations to the legislature on how to create, implement, maintain, and fund a universal health care system that may include publicly funded, publicly administered, and publicly and privately delivered health care that is sustainable and affordable to all Washington residents.

Now it’s your turn. Let the Work Group members know why you also support Option A.

Provide public comment in this survey, by Wednesday, November 11 

Watch the full meeting

Watch a breakout session

We can’t get to universal health care without you!

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