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By Congressman Rick Larsen
Health reform needs to happen. The status quo is unacceptable. Business as usual is unacceptable for small business owners who cannot afford coverage for their employees. The status quo does not work for families who are worried about their jobs and sky-high health costs. The current system must be reformed for taxpayers who have seen health care costs explode the federal budget deficit. Discrimination must stop for my constituents who are denied coverage, or charged through the roof, because of their age or gender, or because they have a preexisting condition such as diabetes or cancer.
About 15 minutes before start time, the line to enter the building snaked all the way around the perimeter of the parking lot and was heading for the street. For those who are familiar with the Skagit PUD facility, and the size of the conference room, it was clear people getting in the line then would not get into the building. KING5 news said the capacity was 250, and the crowd outside was 4-5 times that. I guessed about 1,000 people, so that actually matches KING5's numbers.
Whatcom County Library System has placed a levy increase measure on the ballot because costs of materials and services have increased more than the one percent per year increase the library is allowed to levy. Current library funding is not sufficient to support services now provided by Whatcom County libraries and the increasing demand for more services.
I-1033 is professional initiative sponsor Tim Eyman’s latest anti-tax proposal. It is based on a Colorado initiative voters passed and later shelved after education, health care and transportation funding reached a breaking point.
Whatcom Democrats’ Endorsed Candidate
As your representative on the County Council, I’ve worked hard to support our shared values and ideals. For nearly eight years, I’ve taken actions to protect our sustainable agricultural industry, which produces $330,000,000 worth of food for our tables each year and adds to the value of our local economy.
Whatcom Democrats passed a resolution at the July 16th membership meeting expressing profound disappointment with Congressman Rick Larsen’s statement that he would not support the public option in current health care reform legislation.
The Whatcom Democrats platform endorses a national single-payer health care plan. Since single payer health insurance legislation is not currently being considered, Whatcom Democrats consider inclusion of a public option an essential part of any Health care reform bill.
Primary Election Candidates endorsed by the Whatcom Democrats
Ballots must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The Whatcom County Democratic Party passed a resolution at their July membership meeting expressing profound disappointment with Congressman Rick Larsen's statement that he would not support the public option in current health care reform legislation.
The Primary Election is soon and we need volunteer Election Observers representing the Democratic Party. Observers maintain a public presence and observe ballot processing and tally. Whatcom County has a good paper-ballot vote-by-mail system. Staff and temporary workers are conscientious. It's an interesting, repetitive and surprisingly complex process. Observing is an essential part, and a chance to see a good system working.