"We should resolve now that the health of this nation is a national concern; that financial barriers in the way of attaining health shall be removed; that the health of all it's citizens deserves the help of all the nation." -President Harry Truman, November 19, 1945.
All seven Democratic Presidents since FDR have pursued the need for a National Health Care system. President Lyndon Baines Johnson gave credit to the "man from Independence" when President Johnson began Medicare, which is being used today. President Barack Obama succeeded in continuing, with the Affordable Care Act that needs to be advanced, and expanded from its March 2010 introduction.. Health care should be an ethically-based, not-for-profit system. When someone is receiving the care he or she needs to survive, or improve, and there is a way to continue with his or her optimal care, no one else should be allowed to say "Enough".
Quality health care is a basic human right.
We support the federal Affordable Care Act because it will provide health care access to approximately 36 million Americans who now lack it. We also recognize that under the ACA, 23 million Americans will still lack health care access and medical bankruptcies will still exist.
A national single-payer health care plan is the best method to control costs, ensuring access to affordable prescriptions and deliver the highest quality of care.
Health care decisions should be made by the patient and their health care professionals.
We support regulations of prescription drugs that reduce cost and are based on scientifically-sound research.
It is essential that our health care system treat all patients equally, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, age or state of one’s health or legal status.
2012 Policy Priorities
Institute a single payer health care plan here in Washington State as a stepping stone on our way to a national single payer system.
We support access to women’s reproductive healthcare, including public funding for Planned Parenthood.
Prohibit Advertising of Prescription Drugs in media.
Protect the law in Washington State regarding medical marijuana.
Continue funding stem cell research and use the knowledge gained to improve health to the fullest extent.