Whole Washington announces the close of the signature drive for I-1600
The initiative did not reach the threshold of verified signatures necessary to appear on the November ballot, but over 100,000 voters signed that they want universal healthcare which sends a clear and urgent message to our legislators.
Highs and lows marked the months long I-1600 campaign. Highs included working with Progressive Coders to create a Savings Estimator to calculate personalized yearly costs/savings, garnering endorsements from key organizations like the Washington State Democratic Party and the League of Women Voters Washington, and collecting signatures at energized events like the March for Our Lives, Keep Families Together rallies, and Pride events across the state. Lows included the loss of a founder and beloved Chair Kathy Angel to cancer in the last few weeks of the campaign.
The campaign did not use paid-signature gatherers and had no paid staff. Even the volunteer campaign director collected signatures, easily 1000 alone.
Whole Washington wants to hear your ideas for moving forward and pushing further. We will be planning an event shortly. Stay tuned!
We want everyone to have high‑quality, comprehensive healthcare.
By 'everyone' we mean every single resident of Washington State. Our healthcare should not be tied to our employment, our spouse, our age, or our ability to pay.
By 'comprehensive' we mean inpatient, outpatient, vision, dental, mental healthcare services, and more.
We want the care our doctor recommends, not what an insurance company decides or is willing to pay.
We want to change the
way we pay.
Instead of paying profit-motivated insurance companies, we want fair and dedicated taxes to fund a trust that covers our healthcare expenses.
We want the elimination of deductibles, co-pays, unaffordable prescriptions, and other unpredictable out-of-pocket costs, and no more medical bankruptcies or crowdfunding campaigns, ever.
We want to pay nothing at the time services are rendered. We want to walk out of the hospital or doctor’s office with no bills looming ahead of us.
We want freedom.
We want to go to the doctor of our choice. No networks, referrals, or prior authorizations.
We want freedom from worry. If we’re sick or injured, we want to focus on healing, not financial ruin. If we’re healthy, we want the preventive care to stay that way.
We don’t want to be locked into jobs or relationships out of fear of losing health insurance. We want the freedom to pursue our dreams.