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Fall Newsletter 2017

Senator Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All Bill (S 1804) 

After many months of waiting, Sen. Sanders finally filed his bill “Medicare for All Act of 2017” on September 13. The bill has certainly led to an avalanche of commentary about what it would do, how likely (or unlikely) it is to become law, how to pay for it, and what its effect on the politics of the Democratic Party will be. This article is a summary of the bill, its strengths and weaknesses as seen through the filter of single-payer activists, and how it could be financed. 

What does the bill do? 

The bill establishes a federally administered national health insurance program based on Medicare and implemented over a four-year phase-in period. Read more in the Fall Newsletter.

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March FTAC Meeting: Our Advocacy is Paying Off!

March 28, 2024

By Consuelo Echeverria Our advocacy is paying off! This was the first time we heard the members really engage in substantial discussion. The presentation of Whole Washington’s WA Health Trust triggered a substantial discussion on steps to universal health care, its feasibility, cost and...

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February UHCC Meeting Recap

February 28, 2024

The Universal Health Care Commission Needs a Reboot by Marcia Stedman In a state where a majority of voters supports a universal healthcare system, Washington is not well-served by its Universal Health Care Commission.  At its February meeting, the Commission once again punted on its...

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