This proposed Resolution, by Mike Benefiel, 23rd LD Issues Committee, has been approved for action of the 23rd LD Dems Membership. It will be on the Agenda at our October 24, 2019 meeting.
Resolution to Request the 23rd Legislative District's Congressional Delegation Co-Sponsor the Medicare For All Acts H.R. 1384 and S. 1129
WHEREAS every American deserves affordable and comprehensive healthcare;
WHEREAS the number of Americans either under-insured or without health insurance now approaches 100 million;
WHEREAS the average annual cost per employee of employer-based health insurance exceeds $20,000 plus deductibles and co-pays which is very expensive for all and not affordable for many Americans;
WHEREAS the Affordable Care Act (ACA) does not control the costs of either employer-based health care premiums or employee medical costs;
WHEREAS neither employer-based health coverage, Medicare, Medicaid, veterans health coverage, nor the ACA exchange provide affordable and comprehensive health care coverage;
WHEREAS the health care industry's annual profits exceed $200 billion;
WHEREAS The Reuters–Ipsos survey found 85 percent of Democrats said they support the policy [Medicare For All] along with 52 percent of Republicans.
WHEREAS the Washington State Democratic Platform states, "Health care is a basic human right. Government should work to improve our overall health, while assuring access to high-quality, affordable care for everyone."
WHEREAS the Medicare For All Act of 2019 (H.R. 1384 and S. 1129) provide for affordable and comprehensive health care coverage for all Americans from birth to death regardless of employment status.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Washington State 23rd Legislative District Democrats express support for the Medicare For All Act of 2019 (H.R. 1384 and S. 1129), and calls upon Representative Kilmer to co-sponsor H.R. 1384 and Senators Murray and Cantwell to co-sponsor S. 1129, and that they work towards the enactment of the Medicare For All Act within the current Congress; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that copies of this resolution shall be forwarded to House Representative Derek Kilmer, Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell. Also, a copy of this resolution shall also be sent to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee to inform them of our actions.