Trivia Night Surpassed Its Fundraising Goal!

Wow, what a night we had last Thursday evening. We had an ambitious goal to raise $5204 (a nod to our Senate Bill number) and with your help, we blew that amount right out of the water. We raised over…

$7800!

This was exactly the kind of campaign jumpstart we were dreaming of. We’re both humbled and energized to begin.
Our Sponsors
Let’s take a moment to thank our generous sponsors. Support them in any way you can!
Thank You Sponsors

You were the backbone of the event!

Thank you all again for such a deep commitment to the cause. We’re ready to make Washington the leader in the nation for universal healthcare! We can’t do it without you.

Our Initiative Number is I-1362

Apologies for any confusion! We previously announced an incorrect number for the Whole Washington Health Trust initiative.

Help us get Universal Healthcare for Washington State on the ballot!

www.wholewashington.org/volunteer to sign up to collect signatures.

We’ll keep you posted when the petitions go to print!

We Have an Initiative Number!

I-4181!

We’re thrilled to announce we’ve received our ballot initiative number from the Secretary of State.

Once we approve the Ballot Title and Summary, we can begin the petition printing.

Volunteers, it’s nearly time to hit the streets. If you haven’t filled out the updated Volunteer Form, please do so today. We need all hands on deck!

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