The Whole Washington Health Trust
On 01/16/2019, Senator Bob Hasegawa introduced SB 5222. The Whole Washington Health Trust would provide quality healthcare for every Washington State resident regardless of income, employment, or marital status.
Every Washingtonian could have vision, dental and mental health services with absolutely no networks and no deductibles. Prescription drug cost would be capped at $250/year and most would be free.
The bill is based closely on last year’s I-1600 initiative with some updates based on feedback from voters like you and experts, like outgoing Senator Maralyn Chase, the Department of Revenue (DOR), and the Employment Security Department (ESD). The updated funding provisions could be more easily implemented within existing state administrative frameworks. For example, the 1% income tax was removed. However, 5222 retains a transition plan that doesn’t rely on Federal waivers for implementation. It’s been co-sponsored by Karen Kaiser and Sam Hunt.
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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.