from Candidates, Elected Officials, Businesses, and Community Leaders
"The COVID-19 crisis has shown clearly that employer-based health care doesn't work when millions face unemployment, we need universal, single-payer health care to ensure everyone in our state has equitable access to the care they need."
Marko Liias WA State Senate 21st Legislative District
"Every person should have access to healthcare when they need it. This shouldn't be about your employer, or your bank account, or where you live - just universal access to healthcare for everyone. Other countries have figured this out, why can't we?"
Derek Stanford Washington State Senate 1st Legislative District
"I campaigned on and fought for universal healthcare since my first election in 2004. Now, the COVID crisis has exposed the inequities in our current healthcare system as well as broad inequities throughout our social systems and brought these issues to a head. These crises have created the opportunity to actually achieve structural systems changes. Now's the time push for it. "
Bob Hasegawa Washington State Senate 11th Legislative District
"I support Whole Washington because when I was at Cornell University, my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer at a time my family did not have health insurance. The subsequent medical bills crippled my family financially. I will fight for healthcare for all because I know how it feels to lose the person who loves you the most in this world and suffer a family financial crisis at the same time. Affordable, quality healthcare is a right, not a privilege."
David Hackney WA State House of Representatives 11th Legislative District, Position 1
"Healthcare is a basic right. If we have learned anything form the pandemic, it is that our healthcare system is woefully inadequate. One should not have to have a job to get healthcare or lose healthcare when losing a job."
Sam Hunt Washington State Senate 22nd Legislative District
Tarra Simmons WA State House of Representatives 23rd Legislative District, Position 1
"I support Whole Washington because I believe health care is a right, not a privilege. Like many, my family has been denied basic health care coverage by our insurance company too many times to count. Let me be clear: this must end. I will fight in the legislature to make health care affordable and accessible to all."
Liz Berry WA State House of Representatives 36th Legislative District, Position 2
"Our state and country needed universal healthcare long before COVID-19 - but this pandemic has shown in that our need for healthcare for all cannot wait any longer. I strongly support Whole Washington's mission to provide universal healthcare to all Washingtonians as our country and state works toward true single payer universal healthcare for every adult and child in this country. "
Kirsten Harris-Talley WA State House of Representatives 37th Legislative District, Position 2
"I support Whole Washington because health care is a human right and should be easily accessible to create equitable and thriving society. It is my responsibility as a representative of my constituents to ensure that access to health care is provided. I will work alongside you to strengthen our state, regional, and local public health delivery systems, including mental health."
Emily Wicks Washington State House of Representatives 38th Legislative District, Position 1
"Too often, the people of Washington State are put in the position to choose between paying for healthcare or supporting their families. Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. I was proud to support the Pathway to Universal Healthcare at the legislature this past session and I will continue to champion removing barriers to health as part of our quality of life, providing equity in our system for People of Color and our LGBTQ neighbors, and moving towards a Universal Healthcare system."
Elizabeth Lovelett Washington State Senate 40th Legislative District
My-Linh Thai Washington State House of Representatives 41st Legislative District, Position 2
"Our country spends more per capita and gets worse results than similar countries with universal coverage. It’s time to make healthcare better, more equitable, more affordable and less stressful. When you get sick you should be focused on getting better, not stressing about healthcare."
Sharon Shewmake Washington State House of Representatives 42nd Legislative District, Position 2
"Health care must be seen as a fundamental human right! As a leader in the creation of Washington State's Apple Health program and the Medicaid expansion, I support the need for a new dynamic in providing health care for call. This is all the more evident in the time of the COVID pandemic."
Frank Chopp Washington State House of Representatives 43rd Legislative District, Position 2
Javier Valdez Washington State House of Representatives 46th Legislative District, Position 2
“Our nation’s promise that we are all endowed with ‘unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,’ will never be fulfilled unless we recognize that health care is a right. Washington should lead the way in exploring and demonstrating how every resident of our State can be assured that they and their loved ones will not die or suffer solely due to lack of access to quality health care. As a faculty member at the University of Washington School of Public Health, I strive to help students understand that the social determinants of health start with poverty and race, which determine access to healthcare and the likelihood that someone will suffer needless illness and die early. The Washington Health Trust offers a concept we should be exploring to use progressive taxes on wealth – which I am confident will be largely supported by the wealthiest residents of our state if they are used for health care – coupled with payroll taxes on large employers who do not provide health care benefits today.”
Gerry Pollet Washington State House of Representative 46th Legislative District, Position 1
"It's time to end the privatized health system that is the number 1 cause of bankruptcy in America. We MUST put people before profits."
Dan Whitfield Candidate for U.S. Senate Arkansas