After much noise, some cautious optimism from healthcare organizations, and nearly two years of work, the Universal Health Care Work Group (UHCG) fell well short of the goal many of us hoped for: a recommendation to the legislature of a state-based single payer system. So why after input from hundreds of Washingtonians advocating for a publicly funded system (Option A, as named by the UHCG) and a clear demonstration by the UHCG’s report that Option A would save the most money while covering the most people(1), did the group not recommend Option A? …


On March 26, 2016, three years ago to the day as I write this, I woke up extra early and got gussied up. I was going to do something I had never done before: participate in a presidential caucus. Having come from a closed primary state, where even for the primary we had to stand in long lines to vote, and register as a particular party far in advance of voting, I was excited to participate in this more open, more transparent process. So excited in fact, I did something a year earlier that I would never have previously done…


“The public health insurance option, also known as the public insurance option or the public option, is a proposal to create a government-run health insurance agency that would compete with other private health insurance companies within the United States.” [source]

Before I begin, I would like to first say that I am not in favor of a public option. A public option, much like the ACA (Obamacare), keeps private insurers in business and does not reduce administrative costs nearly as much as a single payer, universal healthcare, Medicare for All system. …


Anyone who has ever studied single payer healthcare and other universal healthcare systems around the world knows this truth: it saves money as well as lives. And we aren’t talking about a few million dollars here and there. We’re talking about billions of dollars. Dr. Gerald Friedman recently concluded in an economic study for Washington State that residents in our state would save over $9 billion annually if we passed universal healthcare and that includes dental and vision, deductible free! Often in our campaigns, and in our little social media echo chambers, we’re preaching to the choir about the savings…

Georgia Davenport

Field Director, Whole Washington and One Payer States

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