Correction: We made an error in stating that the Pathway bill is the first universal health care bill ever to make it out of committee. The Washington Health Services Act of 1993 not only got out of committee, it was passed into law as the first state-based plan to cover all residents! Sadly, it was repealed 2 years later after a national Republican wave that shifted power in Congress, WA and other states.
We have a victory to celebrate! SB 5822, The Pathway to Universal Health Care Bill, had a hearing in the Senate Health & Long-Term Care Committee last Monday, Feb, 18th and passed out of committee. Watch the hearing here.
Thank you to everyone who submitted testimony, attended the hearing, and wrote their legislators. Now the bill is in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. But there is still more to do.
Your Action Needed: Please contact your Senator and let them know why you personally support Universal Health Care and urge passage of SSB 5822 out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
Find your Senator and send an email here – or- Comment on the bill here.
We will be working to keep up the momentum in the Ways and Means Committee and work for improvements including 1) the inclusion of patient and community health advocates in the Work Group, and 2) recommendation for a system that includes publicly funded and publicly administered care which is affordable to all Washington residents.
We can make some progress at the state and local levels now, and in 2021 we may have elected a House, Senate and President supportive of achieving universal health care. This could include helping states achieve the goal if they are ready before the federal government is able to adopt a national health plan. This is the purpose of the State-Based Universal Health Care Act which Congresswoman Jayapal introduced last year and which will be reintroduced soon. We need to be ready.
Updated Feb. 24, 2019