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HCHR-WA Teach-In Tuesday, June 15th!


Please join us to hear Stephanie Kang, Health Policy Director for Rep. Pramila Jayapal, explain the Medicare for All proposal and health care gains we could win in the next big Congressional package. We will also get a report on the new Washington State Universal Health Care Commission and other health care gains made in the 2021 legislative session.

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See you there!
Health Care Is a Human Right Steering Committee

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Welcome New Steering Committee Members!


We are very happy to welcome five new members (and their organizations) to the HCHR-WA Steering Committee: Claude Burfect, 1st Vice President of NAACP Seattle-King County; Jim Howe, Vice President for Leg Affairs, American Federation of Teachers WA; Jesus Sanchez, Senior Vice President of Operations, SeaMar Community Health Centers; Lika Smith, Executive Director of Pacific Islander Health Board; and Cheryl Wapes’a-Mayes, Pierce County, State and National Board member, National Organization of Women. We are excited to have their guidance as we navigate these interesting times for health care reform.

And in other good news:

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Congressional Budget Office Finds Significant Cost-Savings of Single-Payer


‘Seems Like a Good Policy!’ CBO Shows Medicare for All Could Cover Everyone for $650 Billion Less Per Year | Common Dreams News

Consistent with study after study, the new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) working paper concludes that four different singlepayer models would each yield big savings. Highlights from the article:

“Bruenig explained that the Congressional Budget Office option that most closely resembles current Medicare for All proposals is the one based on low payment rates and low cost sharing, which would generate $650 billion in savings in 2030. “Bruenig further noted that if long-term care was added, the program would still save about $300 billion.

“The barriers to the policy are not technical deficiencies or costs, but rather political opposition from Republicans and conservative Democrats who would rather spend more money to provide less healthcare.” — Matt Bruenig, People’s Policy Project 

Meanwhile, The Industry Opposes Even a Public Option

The Medical-Industrial Establishment Is Gearing Up Against Even a Public Option. Tax records show the health care industry front group run by a former Democratic aide has already amassed millions to block a public health insurance option.