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October eBulletin

In this eBulletin: Health Care Champions, Annual Meeting info, and more!

Health Care Champions Are Stepping Up All Across Washington State!

Are you voting for Health Care Champions? These are the 2018 Washington state candidates who have committed to supporting single-payer healthcare reform. These leaders realize that we are in a healthcare crisis in this country and change has to start right now, right here in Washington state.

Healthcare for All-Washington sent a questionnaire to every 2018 candidate, and 71 candidates earned our Health Care Champion distinction. The results are available here.

If you believe healthcare costs are out of control, that no one should go bankrupt because of medical bills, then you need to find your Health Care Champion! And vote!

Being a Health Care Champion Candidate should not be considered a formal endorsement from Health Care for All-Washington.

Annual Meeting + 2019 Legislative Preview  -> Action!  

Breaking News: We will be working on two bills in 2019. Join us Saturday, November 17th to learn about our new legislative strategy.
Rep. Nicole Macri (43rd LD), Vice-Chair of the House Health and Wellness Committee, will be speaking about her proposed health care legislation and how we plan to win.

And we will be honoring Rep. Sherry Appleton (LD 20) for her steadfast support for securing universal health care coverage for Washingtonians.
Meet fellow supporters and learn our actions for the 2019 legislature and how you can help.

Healthcare News You Can Use

nyt_chart.jpgHealth Insurance Fails at Financial Protection 

These two articles make a case for why we need publicly funded, privately delivered health care to protect Washingtonians! 

This New York Times article 1,495 Americans Describe the Financial Reality of Being Really Sick provides definitive evidence that private health insurance does not offer the protection it claims. Chart from the article.

2019 Washington Health Exchange - Shorter Enrollment Period, Fewer Options, Big Cost Increases

All Washington counties will have 2019 exchange coverage, but 14 (up from 9 this year) will have only one insurer; the average proposed rate increase is more than 19 percent.

And, Washington is adhering to the Trump Administration's shortening of the Enrollment Period which will be from November 1 - December 15. Read the full post here.

Health Care Is the Top Issue for Voters in the Midterm

Keep reminding your representatives that Health Care is the top concern of voters.  From the Kaiser Health News:


Upcoming Events

Tues,  Nov 6

Want universal health care for Washingtonians? Vote for candidates that will fight for it in the legislature and at the federal level.

Tues, Nov 13


Washington CAN! Social Justice Awards with Nina Turner - Seattle
(6:30-8 pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Seatac Airport)

Nina Turner is the incomparable former Ohio State Senator and is currently the Director of Our Revolution. Not to be missed. Details and RSVP here.

Sat,  Nov. 17



Health Care for All - Washington Annual Meeting - Seattle
(Check-in: 12:30 PM,  Program from 1-4 PM, Horizon House - 900 University Street, Seattle)

Featured speaker, Rep. Nicole Macri (LD 43), Vice Chair of the House Health & Wellness Committee will address a winnable plan for achieving universal health care in Washington state. For more information and to RSVP, go here.

Wed, Nov 21


Physicians for a National Health Plan Western Washington Monthly Meeting - Seattle
(7:30 pm, Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill Campus, SECC, RM A

Report on national PNHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Tues, Nov. 27


Health Care is a Human Right Legislative Preview - Seattle
(4-5:30, Washington State Labor Council) 

Join us for an update on state and national legislation.


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