Rural Americans have suffered most under our broken health care system. The loss of providers and the increased premiums have disproportionately affected our district. Couple that with the fact that large sections of our district depend on or are employed in the health care industry and our median age of nearly 50, this single issue impacts everyone in our district.
We need to stop waiting on the Federal Government and lead the way for a State sponsored single-payer healthcare system. A system that goes beyond insurance alone, that recognizes every Washingtonian’s right to affordable, accessible and timely healthcare. As one of the “oldest” (I prefer, most mature) and largest (geographically) districts in the State we have unique issues that must be considered in crafting any long-term solution to this issue.