Health Care Champions Energize the Fight for Single Payer in Washington
Thanks to Washington voters, there will be a lot of pressure on the state legislature to deliver a path to single payer universal health care in the 2019 Legislative Session.
Here's what happened in the historic, high turnout 2018 Midterm Election:
★ 7 NEW HCFA-WA HEALTH CARE CHAMPIONS WERE ELECTED:
- LD 10 - House: Dave Paul
- LD 30 - Senate: Claire Wilson
- LD 34 - Senate: Joe Nguyen
- LD 41 - House: My-Linh Thai
- LD 42 - House: Sharon Shewmake
- LD 47 - Senate: Mona Das
- LD 48 - House: Amy Whalen
★ Democrats now have a solid majority in the Legislature -- by 8 in the Senate, and 16 in the House.
- 29-20 Majority in the State Senate
- 57-41 Majority in the State House
- Dems will have 7 out of 11 seats on the Senate Health Care Committee
★ We have the potential for over 40 co-sponsors for our priority bills.
★ We have HCC Champions and previous Co-Sponsors in just over half of the Washington state LDs (25 out of 49 LDs).
★ 6 additional Legislative Districts now have a Champion for state-based single payer universal health care
- South King County Support for Single Payer Strengthened in the Senate - LD 30 Claire Wilson, LD 47 Mona Das
-Whatcom County/Bellingham now has an HCC Representative in the 42nd, Sharon Shewmake
Blue LDs are LDs with new support for state-based single payer universal health care.
★ LD 1 - Parts of Kirkland, Bothell/S Snohomish Co.
★ LD 3 - Central Spokane
★ LD 10 - Island & parts of Skagit and Snohomish Co.
★ LD 11 - Tukwila/part of S Seattle, Renton & Kent
★ LD 21 - W Snohomish Co./Edmonds
★ LD 22 - N Thurston/Lacey, Olympia & Tumwater
★ LD 23 - Kitsap Peninsula & Bainbridge
★ LD 24 - Clallam, Jefferson & N Grays Harbor County
★ LD 27 - Parts of Tacoma & Pierce County
★ LD 29 - Parts of Pierce County/South Tacoma
★ LD 30 - South King County/Federal Way
★ LD 33 - Burien, Normandy Park, Des Moines, Kent
★ LD 34 - W Seattle/Burien/Vashon Island
★ LD 36 - Seattle: Belltown, Ballard, Fremont. Green Lake Greenwood, Phinney
★ LD 37 - Seattle: Madrona/Rainier Valley NW Renton
★ LD 38 - W Snohomish County/Marysville/Everett
★ LD 40 - San Juan County/Parts of Skagit & Whatcom Co.
★ LD 41 - Mercer Is./Parts of Bellevue, Sammamish, Newcastle & Renton
★ LD 42 - NW & E Whatcom County/Bellingham
★ LD 43 - Seattle: Cap. Hill/UDist./Madison Pk/Wallingford
★ LD 45 - Woodinville/Duvall/Kirkland/Redmond/ Sammamish
★ LD 46 - Seattle: Laurelhurst/Roosevelt/Lake Forest Pk/Kenmore
★ LD 47 - South Central King County/Auburn/Covington
★ LD 48 - Medina/N Bellevue/Kirkland/Redmond
★LD 49 - Western Vancouver & Clark County
The voters have spoken and now we need YOU to keep up the massive voter pressure and visibility throughout the 2019 Session. Be loud and proud!
To get the ball rolling, we are organizing In-District meetings with Legislators now. Click here to email Ronnie Shure, our Political Action Committee Co-Chair, to sign-up.
Look for HCFA-WA Action Alerts and opportunities to connect with your legislators, and let them know you support single payer Universal Health Care and you expect them to be hard at work for universal health care.