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Insure public same as politicians

I was so glad to learn that The Health Care 2002 Campaign is considering sponsoring an initiative to collect 250,000 signatures by Dec. 25 to go to the Legislature “to create a framework and process to involve the citizens of the state in the creation of a unified system of healthcare financing to provide fair, simple and accountable health care financing for all Washington residents.”

Why? Simply because in my state of Texas, five million are uninsured, one million of whom are children, and no such effort is underway in my state. And if Washington is successful, this will spread to other states, including Texas. If the Legislature fails to act on this initiative, it will automatically appear on the ballot in 2003.

The decision to go forward with this initiative will depend on whether our members and supporters feel strongly about this effort and support it as they did I-725 and I-245. If you wish to help, contact The Health Care 2002 Campaign, P.O. Box 30506, Seattle, WA 98103 (hc2k@wolfenet.com, www.health care2k.org).

There is a crisis in healthcare access, affordability and choice in Washington, as more than 800,000 Washington residents have no health insurance. Nationwide, this is 40 million, 10 million of whom are helpless poor children (“No child shall be left behind,” — George W. Bush).

This effort is being undertaken simply because Washington, D.C. politicians are not supporting any kind of universal health insurance system, even though each congressperson already has excellent, 72 percent taxpayer-subsidized health insurance that includes a generous prescription drug benefit. Also, all governors have similar health insurance. What is applicable for politicians, should also be applicable for the rest of the people.

All the other states are watching very closely what happens in the state of Washington. Please help make this initiative a success.

Milton A. Braun

Dallas, Texas

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