It looks like all hope for comprehensive, affordable single payer Universal Health Care (UHC) is out the window for at least a few years if not indefinitely. The WA legislature is passing a new health care law the Cascade Care bill. This bill will set up an insurance exchange by 2021 and will require new funding estimated at $300 million dollars (most likely from taxes) and applies to only about 2% of WA residents. The bill does nothing for those struggling with medical costs for 95% of WA residents. This bill looks like a very awkward administrative nightmare and relies on the goodness of insurance corporations keeping premiums and deductibles down. https://bit.ly/2vaZIwo SB 5222 had been introduced in the state Senate and would have provided true, comprehensive, affordable UHC. It would have covered 100% of WA residents, eliminated co-pays and deductibles, reduced the costs for everyone, and increased coverages like vision, dental and mental health. But it was held up in committee and we didn’t even get a floor vote to see who supports the People’s desire for true, affordable UHC and who doesn’t.

This is my opinion and I welcome discussion. I will not stop lobbying for true UHC until at least all WA children are covered by comprehensive affordable health care. mike benefiel