Single payer organizing opportunities at the state level

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      eridani
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      A letter I wrote–we may actually get a hearing on one or more.
      <p style=”padding-left: 30px;”>I am asking you to support SB 5822/HB 1877, the Pathway to Universal Health Care bills. Also please support HB 1104/SB5222 the Washington Security Trust bills. There is no reason why we should not join the rest of the industrialzed world in treating health care as a public good like the fire department. The whole point is that everyone should pay for services that potentially anyone could need. I have been paying property tax to support our local fire department since 1982, and have yet to call them for anything. This is exactly analogous to the situation with health care, where in every age demographic, 5% of it accounts for 50% of that demographic’s health care costs. 15% accounts for 85% of costs. Being in the lucky 85% paying the 15% of the remaining costs, I certainly don’t mind paying for services that I probably won’t have to use, but could possibly need one day.</p>
      <p style=”padding-left: 30px;”>I grew up with partially disabled parents who couldn’t get insurance at any price, so their health care expenses very often has us living below the poverty line. Why? We don’t do this to people who have had fires. To this day, I still can’t deal with macaroni and cheese–even the fancy sort with four different imported cheeses. Think of all the people who have been made homeless by indebtedness, often from health care expenses, and do something to change the situation.</p>

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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      TheNutcracker
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      New Hampahire has such a bill. The PNHP is working with Jeanne Shaheen this session. It is for a study committee.

      So far every state has failed. Colorado was the state to watch after they got the weed. It actually went to a vote and lost.

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      eridani
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      We have folks in WA State who want to do an initiative, which I am entirely against.  In CO, doorbellers and phonebankers could not overcome industry propaganda–and that’s going to stay the case for awhile.  (I know a couple of local folks who traveled there to help, and they said they could convince people, but it took at least 4-5 minutes per contact.) Now if four or five states tried it in a presidential election year, we might have a chance–they’d have to split their efforts, and it would be on the national stage as well.

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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