Resolution Supporting the Universal Essential Health Benefits Trust Initiative

Resolution Supporting the Universal Essential Health Benefits Trust Initiative

WHEREAS Article 25 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights sets forth that “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control” establishes a fundamental right to healthcare; and

WHEREAS, in the Declaration of Independence,  a foundational document of the Constitution of the United States, declares  the responsibility of government to protect certain unalienable rights which include but are not limited to the preservation of “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” we conclude that healthcare is a prerequisite for the latter, and as such is indeed a human right; and

WHEREAS in Washington State, 498,000 have no health coverage and even more residents are underinsured, and lives could be saved by ensuring access to healthcare; and

WHEREAS COVID-19 demonstrates that healthcare should not be tied to employment; and

WHEREAS the 2020 platform of the Washington State Democratic Party affirms that “healthcare is a basic human right,” and that “An affordable universal single-payer system is essential to provide the most equitable and effective health care, serving both individual and public health needs”; and

WHEREAS the 2020 Washington State Democratic Party Platform calls on “Washington State to establish a single-payer system for Washington residents until such time as a single-payer system is enacted nationally;” and

WHEREAS a resolution calling for a single-payer health care program to replace the current for-profit health insurance system was adopted by the Washington State Democratic Central Committee in April of 2017; and

WHEREAS people of color, people with disabilities, and low income people are the most likely to lack affordable, comprehensive healthcare; and

WHEREAS On April 20, 2021, Whole Washington filed a ballot initiative with the Secretary of State that would establish the Universal Essential Health Benefits Trust; and

WHEREAS, the Universal Essential Health Benefits Trust initiative contains a funding mechanism devised by a noted economist, whose analysis demonstrates that Washington state residents will save billions of dollars annually when universal healthcare is implemented;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the 31st Legislative District Democrats endorse the 2021 Whole Washington Universal Essential Health Benefits Trust initiative; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the31st Legislative District Democrats will use its mailing list and online presence to urge voters to sign the initiative and to mobilize volunteers to collect signatures for the initiative;

THEREFORE, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED THAT the upon adoption of this resolution, it be sent to the local Courier Herald newspapers, and to the representatives and senator for the 31st Legislative District in the Washington State Legislature.

Submitted for consideration at the April 28, 2021 general meeting of the 31st LD Democrats by Linda Rutenberg

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