Washington state governor proposes state-run healthcare system

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Seems the proggies received the same memo (see my previous two posts).

Residents in Washington state already have “access to affordable health care” via free and low cost clinics. In my search of seven counties throughout Washington (out of 39 total counties) I came across 159 clinics. That fact won’t stop the TDS-infected governor from implementing another bureaucratic/big government program.

As reported by MyNorthwest.com: Governor Jay Inslee introduced Cascade Care Tuesday morning, a plan to provide a state-run healthcare system akin to “Medicare for all.”

“We believe it is a just thing to do for all of our citizens to have access to affordable health care,” Inslee said at a press conference Tuesday. “…Today I am pleased to announce that we will be proposing a public option in the State of Washington, to take yet another significant step in the goal of universal coverage in the State of Washington.”

Inslee announced his proposal flanked by a variety of lawmakers at the King County Downtown Seattle Public Health Clinic Tuesday morning. He was joined by King County Executive Dow Constantine, State Rep. Eileen Cody, State Sen. David Frockt, State Senator Karen Keiser, and the state’s Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler.

According to Inslee, the proposed Cascade Care bill will direct the state’s healthcare authority to provide coverage across Washington by contracting with one or more healthcare carriers. That coverage will begin in 2021.

That coverage will be available to anyone in the individual market. It will also set reimbursement rates consistent with Medicare. Using the service will be voluntary and patients will spend no more than 10 percent of their income on premiums.

Officials said Tuesday that it will cost the state $500,000 to set up the new system and accept bids from carriers. Costs beyond that weren’t specified.

Sen. Keiser noted that Washington once had an “incredibly popular” basic healthcare program between the late 1980s until the Great Recession. Implementing the Affordable Care Act eventually became a priority instead of restarting that program. “We have done this before, and we can do it again,” she said. “….Now it’s time to come back to the public option and include it in our array of healthcare services.”

Inslee, and other lawmakers present, pointed a finger of blame at the Trump administration, saying that it has worked to remove healthcare protections provided by the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Inslee said that there are 14 counties in the state that are on the verge of losing healthcare coverage altogether.

“We are on the knife’s edge,” Inslee said. “And we need to give a solid foundation of support to every county and every citizen in the State of Washington because that is a moral imperative.”

The governor also noted the work that has already been done to provide healthcare in Washington over the past few years, primarily through the state’s exchange: More than 800,000 Washingtonians have gained access to healthcare; Provided coverage to 30,000 cancer survivors in the state; and Provided 90,000 people with substance abuse treatment.

“But we need to take the next step,” Inslee said. “That’s why I’m glad we have put the dollars in my proposed budget that will allow us to set up this public option in the State of Washington.”


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9 responses to “Washington state governor proposes state-run healthcare system

  1. So, we have a trifecta of already-socialist states/cities — Washington, California, NYC — determined to go even further down that road of ruin. And when the taxpayers leave them for more tax-friendly states, who will be left to pay for all this?

  2. If I’m not mistaken, The People’s Republic of Vermont went down this road in 2011. They finally gave up on it in 2014, due to the extra tax burden it would have placed on the state’s small businesses (well, duh!). Who knows how much money they peed away from 2011-2014 that could have been better spent (or saved) elsewhere.

    So good luck, Washington State. Those who don’t learn from the mistakes of others are doomed to repeat them. Here’s a tip: The height of stupidity is trying the same thing over and over in the hope it will work *this time*.

    • Yep, failed big time in Vermont:

      “But the very real peril came in the cost for the program, an estimated $4.3 billion a year, almost the size of the state’s entire $4.9 billion budget. To make up for the $2 billion shortfall, taxes would have to go up, a lot. Businesses would see an 11.5 percent payroll tax increase, on top of whatever they chose to provide for employee health care, while individual income taxes could jump by up to 9 percent. The report recommended against moving forward “due to the economic shock and transition issues,” and Shumlin agreed.”


      • Thanks, DCG, for having the relevant cost numbers ready at hand.

      • Of course. As every eighth-grader should know, without competition the price goes up. The solution isn’t to continue paying insurance companies whatever they demand.

        There are already laws agains price-fixing and they need to enforce them. A good beginning would be doing away with unlimited bribery of public serpents.

        We have everything we need in place to make this work. No one will do it because they’re all on the take from the medical racket. There are other rackets as well that continue for the same reason.

        This is why I have zero respect for these politicians. They are just glorified thieves.

  3. I keep saying that The Order is already up and running but I fear that most don’t believe me. Does anybody think that these three areas just up and decided to do that simultaneously on their own?

    This is a very popular move with people who are sick of being raped for health insurance. Even those who don’t like the concept should admit that healthcare costs in the US are over the top.

    So, The Odor will use this to get their nose in the tent and push for other destructive action. For many people saving money would cause them to ignore the fact that their government has turned communist.

  4. Inslee is apparently one remove from radical Marxists in a direct line from Leo Szilard, Einstein’s handler and theoretician of harnessing science as the justification for incrementalist totalitarianism—which fits Inslee to a tee. Inslee is also a strong supporter of carbon taxes, i.e., hidden, indirect taxes imposed on corporations but paid by consumers, hitting hardest the poorest of workers and welfare recipients who never know what hit them. The costs for his leftist healthcare boondoggle will most likely fall on the unsuspecting recipients of such net negative health benefits once the hidden taxes, fees, surcharges, funds and so on are factored in. Inslee once referred to environmentalism as “ballot box gold,” which to my way of thinking brands him as a for-sale demagogue of the worst sort. I’d love to ask his opinion on the Lockean proviso and if he believes the burden for such health care should fall by stealth on the poor themselves as usual or rather first on the accumulated wealth of Gates, Bezos, et al, given that the foundational natural law principle upholding private property rights does not extend to such extreme excesses beyond any legitimate reward for one’s intellectual labor—especially now that Inslee says funds are needed to keep Washington’s poorest from medical impoverishment. The only poor getting anywhere near this guy’s house are there to cut his grass or clean his toilets.

  5. I think this is a great idea for those that want to do it. Me, I’m looking for the ‘opt out’ box to check. Don’t want/need to use or pay for it.

  6. Your points are very well taken, Dan, so I’m not going to add to them, as you’ve already covered my sentiments. As long time readers of this site know, I’m very appreciative of your reference to John Locke.

    The US is saddled with the highest healthcare costs per capita in the world; this can be seen in any comprehensive survey which compares costs to benefits in other nations. That’s because capitalism is in the catbird seat: unbridled greed is allowed to charge, and charge, and charge. Gubbmints are not about to regulate either Big Pharma or health insurance in any meaningful ways, because in order to get elected and re-elected, they accept money and have to pay the piper.

    There are any number of successful, non-Socialist National Medical Plans that could be copied by any federal or state government, and it’s easy enough to implement policies and procedures to minimize corruption. The Feral gubbmint has only to look to Canada and copy that model, if it needs something close to home. But that’s not about to happen; now ask yourself: Why is that?

    Here is how BC’s version of the federally mandated medical plan came about in the early 1960s. The new premier of the province was W A C Bennett, a devout Christian, a non-smoker and tee-totaler. This alone was remarkable in a Western Province reknowned for its rough and ready loggers, fisherman, miners and ranchers, but this is what can happen when you have a minority government, or one that comes in first past the post.

    He was also a hard-headed conservative businessman who had founded
    a large hardware store in Kelowna, BC and was very thrifty, and ever vigilant of costs. He brought all these qualities into the new government, and proceeded to implement them while also promoting Social Credit, a genius fusion of social and economic policies that kept taxation to a minimum for everyone. These policies came out of the thinking done by a group of early 20th century thinkers, primarily in England, Canada and Australia. I’m sure there’s a long article on Social Credit in Wikipedia.

    Thanks to the wisdom of these policies, and that our Canadian Central Bank was not yet privatised or limited by Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Yes, the father of our current Prime Fool!), BC quickly became a powerhouse economy and created vast public works on a commonwealth basis to benefit every resident. Pennsylvania, under the leadership of William Penn, who founded it as a commonwealth also prospered mightily, until the Quakers lost control of the State legislature and corruption took over. So it goes.

    Bennett decided to control all the liquor stores and liquor sales; keep in mind he was an abstainer. Next he taxed cigarettes and tobacco to a higher level than anywhere else in Canada. His reasoning was simple: he learned that 20% of all hospital beds were occupied by people as a consequence of alcohol and tobacco use; these people should pay for the care ahead of time through taxation. These taxes quickly became known as “sin taxes”, but he called them ‘social service taxes’, as they shifted the burden to the people who created the problem and off the shoulders of those who had not. By now you’re starting to get the picture. They’re fine by me, as I don’t smoke and usually drink only red wine.

    Not only was he premier of the Province, he was also it’s Finance Minister, as he was determined not to run deficits, which he saw as another kind of sin. How much can you love this guy, or what? He saw that children had hugely different educational outcomes, because until his era, local school budgets were financed out of local real estate taxes. He directed the minister of education to take funding out of General Revenue and apply it across the board equally to every student. The elite 10% squealed, but the 90% were very pleased. To placate the 10% he open the way to Charter schools, but they only got a token amount from General Revenue.

    During his era, abortion was virtually impossible, as it was illegal, so women left the province and usually went to Washington State. Good old WA state was happy to oblige, because it had private hospitals, private doctors, and private clinics. Good old privatised infant murder!

    I could go on about this amazing fellow, who had an equally amazing ability to reach out to all people, except the 10%, but they’re going to complain anyhow! One of the few things I learned that was remarkable from all the history I took in school and studied since, is that as far as I know there is not a single recorded instance of an over-privileged class giving up enough privileges to save itself from an angry citizenry. I think if matters go on as they have, in another 10 years we will see this happen. Really.


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