The “Public Option” That Isn’t: How Washington Governor Jay Inslee and King County Executive Dow Constantine Got It So Wrong

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      eridani
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      https://medium.com/@gdavenport/the-public-option-that-isnt-how-washington-governor-jay-inslee-and-king-county-executive-dow-e127e3af4403

      “The Health Benefit Exchange, in consultation with the Health Care Authority, must develop a plan to implement and fund premium subsidies for families and individuals on the Exchange who need financial assistance. The goal is to have consumers spend no more than 10 percent of their income on premiums.”

      Well, that sounds nice doesn’t it? Except obviously, it is not so nice. IF you qualify for this plan, and who exactly qualifies is still unclear, private insurance companies can still gouge you on co-pays and deductibles. Most of us under-insured people can afford our premiums (barely) but the deductibles are *literally* killing us.

      Washington State voters want universal healthcare: 64% of us do, in fact. And 522,000 Washington residents have no healthcare coverage. It is in the Washington State Democratic Party Platform that healthcare is a human right. Last year an all volunteer effort in Washington (the I-1600 campaign) gathered over 100,000 signatures for universal healthcare. So why are Democrats in our state proposing anything other than the real thing?

      If you believe, as I do, that we need to join the rest of the developed world by offering guaranteed coverage for everyone, not based on income, employment, or previous health history, please volunteer for Whole Washington.

      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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