Category Archives: 2021 WA State Legislature

The Fight for Medicare for All Continues!


Watch the 2021 Re-Introduction and a Strategy Podcast

Today Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Debbie Dingell reintroduced the Medicare for All Act.
Watch it here.

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Medicare for All is the most economical proposal to provide comprehensive health care to everyone in our country. It is the North Star for our movement for health justice. This event features news about the new bill and the 109 congressmembers already on board — over half of the democratic caucus including key committee chairs. See list of co-sponsors at the end of this article.

Strategy Podcast with Rep. Jayapal staffer, Stephanie Kang

In addition, here’s a 36-minute podcast recorded March 8 that is well worth watching. Stephanie Kang, Pramila’s healthcare policy lead in the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center, and Healthcare-NOW!’s Ben Day and Stephanie Nakajima, offer very useful overviews of M4A and the politics and strategy to get there.

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Our 2021 State and National Policy Priorities Approved


Head over to here to take actions and participate in respond response requests each week in support of our HCHR Policy Priorities. Sign up here to get them in your inbox.

Our 2021 Policy Priorities were unanimously approved at our HCHR December general meeting, attended by 30 of our 32 Sponsoring (voting) organizations. Two Sponsors abstained on particular items in the proposal but endorsed the rest of the package. After a welcome and Native land acknowledgment by WA State Labor Council President Larry Brown, seven speakers from Sponsor organizations presented on the political context and federal/state legislative possibilities, the importance of more organizations joining our campaign, the specifics of our policy proposals, and plans to activate a “rapid response” program so we can generate grass-roots input and pressure on our state and federal electeds.  

Our meeting emcees Gina Owens and Margaret Cary outlined HCHR’s goals as a community-labor campaign to strengthen our relationships with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and Peoples of Color) communities and to help build the grass-roots movement we will need to win Universal Health Care.

You can watch the recording of our meeting here. Unfortunately, the recording didn’t capture Larry Brown’s opening remarks on WSLC’s commitment to universal health care and its continuing support as a founding Sponsor of HCHR.

If you’re interested in joining forces to work on the Rapid Response effort, please email

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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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