Whole Washington is on Jenerational Change Podcast!

Georgia Davenport joins JENERATIONAL CHANGE

Based in South Florida, this podcast is hosted by Jen Perelman, Congressional candidate who challenged Debbie Wasserman Schultz challenger.

Always great discussion on progressive policy, and this episode features Whole Washington and the strategy to win Single Payer healthcare through the states!

Senate Bill 5204 Has Been Introduced!

SB 5204

The Whole Washington Health Trust has been introduced in the WA State Senate

We are thrilled and grateful to announce Senator Bob Hasegawa introduced SB 5204: Creating the Whole Washington Health Trust in the Senate on January 14th. And it has 6 co-sponsors!

If your Senator is listed here, please call them and THANK them. 360-786-7573 will help connect you.

  • Senator Bob Hasegawa in the 11th LD
  • Senator Patty Kuderer in the 48th LD
  • Senator Marko Liias in the 21st LD
  • Senator Liz Lovelett in the 40th LD
  • Senator Joe Nguyen in the 34th LD
  • Senator Derek Stanford in the 1st LD
  • Senator Claire Wilson in the 30th LD

If your Senator is not listed, please call them and ask for their support. If they don’t support it, please ask why not. (Report any feedback from your discussion to info@wholewashington.org)

Finally, please make an online comment in support of the bill.

#ForceTheVote for Medicare For All

Statewide Healthcare Organization Requests Members of Congress to #ForceTheVote

December 30, 2020 With respect to Members of Congress who support Medicare for All, yet hesitate to #ForceTheVote, please know that Whole Washington supports the effort and encourages you to fight as we do – by any means at your disposal. There is no better time than now, during a pandemic and an economic crisis, and we encourage you to seize the moment to force the vote on Medicare for All. Fifteen million Americans have lost their health insurance just when a functioning public health system is critical for recovery. We support our U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s H.R. 1384 and the #ForceTheVote effort, with further suggestions.

Just as Canada rolled out their national health care, province by province, we see a likely path here, going state by state until we transform nationally to a single-payer healthcare plan. Therefore, we back the suggestions listed in Five Things House Progressives Can Do to Advance Medicare for All by David Sirota, with a strong emphasis on #2: Schedule a vote on existing legislation to let states create single-payer health care systems. While not necessary to implement the Whole Washington Health Trust,  U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna’s H.R. 5010 would greatly assist our effort and all states’ efforts with the State-Based Universal Health Care Act

As a grassroots organization, we’re fighting for universal healthcare on all fronts and at all levels. “Only when we have achieved an overwhelming mass of Americans tired of being trodden upon by the 1%, will we finally affect positive change that benefits the governed,” Registered Nurse and Whole Washington Chair, Kathryn Lewandowsky.

We encourage Washingtonians to 

  1. Contact their congressional representatives in support of #ForceTheVote 
  2. Visit our website to pledge your signature, donate, and sign up to support a coming Initiative to the Legislature if, during this global pandemic, our elected officials fail us.  

Whole Washington holds virtual volunteer meetings every Monday at 7:00 PM Pacific time. The next meeting is January 4th 2021@ 7pm. Join the effort at www.wholewashington.org/volunteer

Healthcare Forum Video Now Available

Whole Washington and Our Revolution Teamed Up for a  Healthcare Forum

11/5 was a great evening to talk health care and the way we’ll achieve Universal Healthcare. Speakers include:

  • Stephanie Kang, Health Policy Advisor for Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal
  • Melinda St. Louis, Director at Public Citizen
  • Elaine Waller-Rose, Mental Health Professional
  • Sean Cavanaugh, Campaign Director for Whole Washington

Check out the recording here: https://youtu.be/Oj8nI8rpCgA

Town Hall Recording

An Open Letter: Fixing Health Care Is Not Just a Good idea

Check out this insider perspective from a healthcare reform advocate in California. Thank you, Keith McCallin.

The biggest takeaway? We have to do this ourselves. We must use the power of the initiative process to force change.

On the issue of health care, there is no health care debate happening, the election is
irrelevant, and there is no health care reform coming.

Open Letter

Tracey’s Parents Bob and Bano

Whole WA Volunteer Tracey’s COVID-19 Story

My parents told me they had fevers on March 18th.  Until then they had continued acting like the world was normal.  They live in Florida and COVID was in Washington State, not Florida, they thought.  My brother convinced them to go to get tested and on March 25 they gave in and did.  By then they both had pneumonia.  They texted my brother and I to let us know they were going in to the ER to get tested.  That was at 12:15 EST.  14 minutes later they told me they were being admitted into the hospital.
At around 6:30 EST the hospital called me on my Dad’s cell phone to let me know that my mom had been intubated and taken up to the ER and my dad insisted they call me before sedating and intubating him so he knew we knew what was happening.  I didn’t get to talk to him because he didn’t have enough breath.

Tracey's Parents

Tracey’s Parents Bob and Bano

I called my family to let them all know what was going on and that is when I found out that there might be an insurance problem.  Dad wasn’t technically admitted into the hospital yet.  He was still in the ER waiting for an ICU bed.  If he wasn’t sent up to the ICU then Medicare would not cover the ER visit according to my aunt.  She insisted I call the hospital and make sure he was in the ICU before midnight.

To this day I do not know if this is true. He got his ICU bed at 9:45 EST.  But, that isn’t really the point.  I had to call the hospital concerned about money while really all I care about is my parent’s lives.  Because, whether they would be charged or not, someone in the same situation as them in America will be charged.  It should not have been part of what I was stressing about.

My mother passed on March 30th.  Dad is still fighting after 20 days on a ventilator.  I have never gotten the chance to speak to either of them again.  20 days for Dad so far in ICU and 5 for Mom.  Without their Medicare and Medicare Advantage he would come out of the hospital destitute. In that we are lucky but I think of the thousands of people in this country with no insurance during this pandemic and have just one more reason to cry.

Tracey C., Olympia WA, She/Her

“Power to Heal”

Our Healthcare System is Racist

What can we do to right these wrongs? We must acknowledge the abhorrent discrepancy, listen, learn, and work to fix it. How? First, we can dig into recent history. Whole Washington is offering ways to see and show Power to Heal, a movie which tells the riveting story of Medicare and the Civil Rights Revolution. (Longer description from the website below.)

“POWER TO HEAL is an hour-long public television documentary that tells a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans. Central to the story is the tale of how a new national program, Medicare, was used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country in a matter of months.

Before Medicare, disparities in access to hospital care were dramatic. Less than half the nation’s hospitals served black and white patients equally, and in the South, 1/3 of hospitals would not admit African-Americans even for emergencies.

Using the carrot of Medicare dollars, the federal government virtually ended the practice of racially segregating patients, doctors, medical staffs, blood supplies and linens. POWER TO HEAL illustrates how Movement leaders and grass-roots volunteers pressed and worked with the federal government to achieve justice and fairness for African-Americans.”

So here’s what we’re asking: Can you host a movie showing in your area between now and March? We’ll provide you with a script and all the supplies you need to make the showing a success.

  • If you want to attend a showing, click the link below to see events in your area. Don’t see any showings on the map yet? Check back often as volunteers like yourself will be posting them in the next few weeks.
  • If you want to host, click on the link, then the button in the lower right – Click to Host.

Power to Heal Showing

September’s Walkathons – A Recap

Fun pix below

The September Walkathons were a great way to up awareness for our initiative campaign and raise some funds too.

We raised over $4200, had over 30 walkers and almost 100 individual donors!

Another surprising benefit? Connecting with other activists. We found out about each other's passions and strengths and brainstormed ideas to get us to victory.

#ImTheKey Campaign Is On!

Our first fundraising campaign is underway, and thanks to you, we’re making genuine progress.  Hashtags are going out. Donations are coming in!

Huge thank you to our supporters. Add your face to the gallery and let’s keep it going.

Donate Today!