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August 2018 e.Bulletin

In this issue of the e.Bulletin: Voting Time! Which Candidates Champion Universal Health Care Coverage? Gala Recap, and more...

HCFA-WA 2018 Voter's Guide is Live!

Do your candidates support universal healthcare coverage?

We sent out a candidate questionnaire to every US Senate, US House, and state legislative candidate seeking to represent Washingtonians.

Check out HCFA-WA's Voters' Guide to learn who responded, who is supporting, who is waffling, and who is not yet saying Loud and Proud that they support Universal Health Care.

VOTE by this Tuesday, August 7th.The Primary is your chance to influence who will run in November.  Use our survey results to help you make an informed decision.

Ready to take Action? Visit this post to see how you can use this Voter's Guide to help educate and pressure your candidates.

Tip o' the hat to The Stranger for their coverage of our questionnaire results with their own special sauce:


Thank you to all Who Came to Our First Gala!

THANK YOU! to all of our guests, speakers, and volunteers who braved a hot summer night to join us at our Summer Gala and Auction and make this wonderful evening a celebration of how far we've come! The stars were out as we heard from Congressional Reps. Pramila Jayapal (7th CD) and Adam Smith (9th CD), and State Senator David Frockt, (46th LD); enjoyed the music of Peter Ali, Nick Drummond, and Shelby Earl; and listened to the inspiring personal stories of Susan Russell, Julie Negrin, and José la Luz, noted labor and human rights activist.

None of this would have happened without the energy of countless dedicated volunteers who worked behind the scenes before, during, and after the event to make it a rousing success, including the donors of the many unique items available to the highest bidders during the Silent Auction.

We are especially thankful for our sponsors: Matt Loschen, Peter & Melinda Lucas, Martin-Fabert Foundation, Washington State Labor Council, The Stranger, Greenworks Cannabis, Project Access Northwest, Conduit Coffee Company and Mackenzie M. Photography. -- Marcia Stedman, President

Photos, Top to Bottom: The table is set for change! Rep. Pramila Jayapal updated us on HR 676, HR and the new 70+ member Medicare for All Caucus (photo credit: Leslie Zukor).   Watch José La Luz boil it down to the fundamental truth: Health Care in the US right now is a Matter of Life and Death. Some of the attendees and speakers front row: Rep. Noel Frame, Nicole Gomez, Susan Russell (speaker), Julie Negrin (speaker), Bevin McLeod, Marcia Stedman. back row: Kelly Powers, Bailey Boyd, Natalia Koss Vallejo, and Summer Stinson.

Healthcare News You Can Use

Out of Control Health Care Costs Do Not Discriminate. Even Republicans admit that our health care costs are out of control and must be restrained. They advocate making patients pay more of the costs of health care so that we will become better shoppers. However, Austin Frakt’s recent article in the New York Times, Shopping for Health Care Simply Doesn’t Work. So What Might?  bluntly rejects this notion.

Unfortunately, Dr. Frakt does not discuss the solution that has been actually shown to control health care costs; unified health care financing through a single-payer system. 
Oops! Koch Brothers Study Let's It Slip that Medicare for All Could Save up to $2 Trillion. The people who currently benefit from the enormous amounts of money that flow into our health care system are starting to take us seriously. The Koch brothers have commissioned a study to discredit the concept of Medicare for All. However, they were unable to hide the truth in spite of tucking it into the tables that most people never read: Bernie Sanders Thanks Koch Brothers for 'Accidentally Making the Case for Medicare for All.
Single Payer Building Momentum Across the State. A couple of examples: A report on a candidate forum in Yakima shows the 8th CD Democrats continue to duke it out over health care. Voters are tasked with figuring out who is a single payer champion and who is waffling. The Daily Evergreen, WSU's student paper, reports that there is a single payer champion and candidate in Pullman's 9th Legislative District.

Upcoming Events

Fri, Aug 3 - Sun, Aug 5  
Hillyard Festival - Spokane
(Hillyard Neighborhood)

Tabling all weekend. Please contact Rebecca if you'd like a shift.

Tues,  Aug 7


Aug 10


Green Acres Park, Meet and Greet - Bothell
(4 pm, 23825 15th Ave SE, Bothell)

This active Senior Citizen community in a precinct with a very high turnout rate of 87% will be holding an election information session. HCFA-WA will be sharing the results of our candidate questionnaire and 

Tues,  Aug  15



Physicians for a National Health Program - Western Washington - Seattle
(Swedish/Cherry Hill Campus, SECC Room A)

Monthly Meeting with Lea Ann Miyagawa, MN, RN, Director of Community House Calls/Interpreter Services at Harborview Medical Center and others from the program describe their experience working with the underserved.

Wed. Aug 29- Sept 3


Pig Out, Spokane
(Spokane Riverfront Park)
Tabling all weekend. Please contact Rebecca if you'd like a shift.

Sat, Sept 22-
Sun, Sept 23


Valley Fest, Spokane
(Spokane Valley)

Tabling all weekend. Please contact Rebecca if you'd like a shift.


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