2018.01 RESOLUTION URGING OUR U.S.  SENATORS TO CO-SPONSOR S. 1804, FOR SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE


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2018 .01  RESOLUTION URGING OUR U.S.  SENATORS

TO CO-SPONSOR S. 1804, FOR SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE

 

WHEREAS the current Washington State Democratic Party platform expressly calls for a universal single-payer health care system to provide the most equitable and effective care for all; and

WHEREAS past Democratic state committees and state conventions, as well as this body, have adopted both platforms and serial resolutions in support of single-payer health care, with little visible response from our U.S. Senators; and

WHEREAS Republicans’ continued attacks on the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”)  have increased the public’s awareness of single-payer health care as an alternative, with over 50% of voters now supporting a single-payer system; and

WHEREAS the Republicans’ recently enacted “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” contains a non-germane provision undermining the continued effectiveness of the ACA by repealing the “individual mandate” that had brought widespread nationwide enrollment in health insurance; and

WHEREAS, in order to assure the provision of  comprehensive health care as a human right, Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced U.S. Senate bill S. 1804, “The Medicare-for-All Act of 2017,”  which would  establish a universal single-payer program for improved and expanded health care for all residents of the United States; and

WHEREAS sixteen Democratic Senators immediately signed on as co-sponsors of S. 1804, but neither of our State’s two United States Senators has yet done so; and

WHEREAS our State Democratic platform states, upfront and unequivocally: “In order to restore progressive democracy, we expect elected Democrats to be accountable and implement the principles of this platform, using all available legal and parliamentary procedures”;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell be strongly urged, in compliance with the State Democratic platform, to promptly join with other Democratic Senators as co-sponsors of  S. 1804, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be sent to Senators Murray and Cantwell, accompanied in each case by a letter inquiring as to their actions and intended actions in conformity herewith.

Adopted ____________________ by ______________________________

Originated by Lem Howell, Esq., and

   previously adopted by the Metropolitan Democratic Club of Seattle;

Edited by Dean Fournier, LD32 Secretary, demdean48@gmail.com