Current Health Care Actions: 

Dear Jefferson County Democrats –

At the February 2018 membership meeting we learned about and endorsed I-1600, a ballot measure written and submitted by Whole Washington. Whole Washington is a grassroots group of citizens and healthcare professionals determined to bring universal healthcare coverage to Washington State through their ballot initiative (I-1600).

I-1600 has been certified by the WA Secretary of State, and the signature drive has begun, with a goal of over 300,000 signatures by July 2018.

This is our chance to be a part of making history, and joining the rest of the developed world by ensuring health care for all Washingtonians.

Universal Health Care is an essential human right.  This initiative guarantees that right to the citizens of Washington State.  With your help, I-1600 will be presented to the voters of Washington State in the November 2018 General Election, but the campaign URGENTLY needs your financial support and signature gathering volunteers to make that a reality. Every volunteer gathered signature saves our campaign ~$3.00!

We have local teams and individuals already hitting the pavement and gathering signatures in Jefferson County.  Reports back from the fields are incredibly positive!  The message is clear that the people want health care for all! Join us this spring as we continue our efforts. You can order petitions, check out signature materials, FAQs, I-1600 talking points, and signature gathering tips and tricks, here: YES on I-1600 or contact Carla Woodward by phone or text at 360-531-4510 or by email. 

Initiative campaigns are terribly expensive, but so too are out-of-control health care costs driven by greed. Together, we the citizens of Washington State have the power to take control of our healthcare and save billions of dollars in the process.

To make this a reality, funds are immediately needed and will be applied to the hard costs of  doing everything possible to deliver sufficient numbers of valid signatures to put I-1600  Universal Health Care on the ballot in Washington State for the November 2018 general election.

Donate $5 ➔  Donate $10 ➔

Donate $27 ➔  Donate $100 ➔

Donate $1,000 ➔  Donate Other ➔

Together, we will make history and once again lead the nation in doing what is right.

Feel free to contact Whole Washington for more information:

Hello, and welcome to the Issues and Action Group on Single Payer Healthcare!


Actions to Take

Host a showing of “Now is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody” for your friends and neighbors

The Healthcare Committee has copies of the film, public showing license, promotional materials, screening kit, and study guide resources. Contact Carla Woodward or Jenifer Taylor for details.

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Meeting Notices

  •  The single payer healthcare committee meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 9:00 a.m. at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave, Port Townsend, WA 98368.  Contact: Carla Woodward, (360) 531-4510, to find out how you can help or to be added to the mailing list.

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About / Statement of Purpose

Health Care is a Platform Issue

“We believe high quality health care is an essential human right. We advocate for systems that support mental health, physical well-being and dental care. It is essential that all patients be fully informed of all legal medical options for their care, and be given prompt access to treatments of their choice.”  Jefferson County Democrats’ Platform. Healthcare is the special focus of concerned Democrats.

Within JCD, this group will help JCD membership study and track legislation pertaining to healthcare, so that membership can intelligently question candidates for office as well as elected representatives, and inform others.

Read our committee’s Strategic Plan for 2017 

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Current Legislation

“The people of the state of Washington declare their intention to create a single health financing entity called the Washington health security trust. Through public hearings, research, and consensus building, the trust will: (a) Provide fair, simple, and accountable health care financing for all Washington residents using a single health care financing entity; (b) cover a comprehensive package of effective and necessary personal health services; (c) make health care coverage independent from employment; (d) eliminate excessive administrative costs resulting from the current fragmented system of multiple insurers; (e) generate savings sufficient to ensure coverage for all Washington residents; (f) integrate current publicly sponsored health programs into the health security trust; (g) preserve choice of providers for Washington residents; (h) protect patient rights; (i) keep clinical decisions in the hands of health professionals and patients, rather than administrative 14 personnel; (j) promote health care quality; and (k) control excessive health care costs.”

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To join us in research and action on health care equality, contact: Carla Woodward, (360) 531-4510,  

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Other Single Payer Advocacy Organizations

Washington State:


  • National Nurses United – Supports a Medicare for all healthcare system that requires each participating state to set up and administer comprehensive healthcare services as an entitlement for all, through a progressively financed, single-payer system, administered by the states.
  • Healthcare – NOW – To win a national single-payer health care system. Because access to healthcare is basic to human dignity.

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Previous Events:

January 2016 Carpool to HCFA- WA

Hearing, Rally, and Lobby Day!

Tuesday, January 16

Come spend the day with us in Olympia! Lobby your legislators, attend the Senate hearing for SB5701, and rally on the Capitol steps for single payer healthcare!

8am: Meet & greet, swag – tents at the North Steps
9-10am: Planning
10am-noon: Senate hearing! – Senate Hearing Room 2, JA Cherberg Building
1-2:30pm: Rally on the Capitol Steps!
2:30-4pm: Lobbying

Click here for more info.

If you can’t make it to Olympia on Tuesday, you can still help! 

1) Write your legislators. HCFA-WA has guidance on their website, under ‘General Resources’ > ‘Writing your legislators’. To find your legislator, click here.

2) Tell your health care stories to the Senate Committee. They are: Annette *Cleveland (chair), Patty *Kuderer, Ann Rivers, Steve Conway, Barbara Bailey, Randi Becker, Joe Fain, Karen *Keiser, Mark Mullett, Kevin Van De Wege 
(* = WHST supporter; italic = Republican)

Contact them via email below, or find their telephone numbers and physical addresses here.,


February 12th Film Screening: Healthcare at The Tipping Point

Image result for fix it moviePlease join us for a free film screening and panel discussion of the documentary “Fix It – Healthcare at the Tipping Point” in collaboration with Meaningful Movies Port Townsend


When: Monday, February 12th, 7pm

Where: Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave, Port Townsend

Fix it is a powerful documentary that reaches across the political and ideological divide. It makes the case for business leaders’ support for major healthcare reform.

The film was two years in the making, with more than forty voices advocating for reform, including: activists, health policy experts, economists, physicians, nurses, patients, business and labor leaders.

This documentary takes an in-depth look into how our dysfunctional health care system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting on the nation’s health, while remaining un-affordable for a third of our citizens.

See the film’s trailer below.

January 2018:

Health Care for All – Washington

Olympic Peninsula Event!  Focus: LD 24

We’re mobilizing Universal Health Care activists to join the

2018 Countdown to Health Care for All

Saturday, January 6, 2018

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Jefferson County Library

620 Cedar Avenue, Port Hadlock

If you’d like to see healthcare provided for every single person in the state of Washington AND save substantially on health care spending, join Health Care for All-WA on Saturday, January 6th, for our 2018 Countdown to Healthcare for All! We’ll show you how we’re making progress toward our goal of Everybody In, Nobody Out and how you can help make it happen. Bring a friend and spread the word!
















Ronald Shure – Healthcare for All – WA speaker

July 2017:

Three Jefferson county screenings of the documentary film “Now is the Time – Healthcare for Everybody”


Representative Mike Chapman and Dr. Shannan Kirchner led a panel discussion of the film, and issues of healthcare inequality.



The film and screening guide are available to check out from the Healthcare Committee to host a screening for your group or neighbors.  The film is also available to rent or purchase online from the filmmaker’s website below.


From the film makers’ website:

“While the Affordable Care Act has helped some people, many of us are feeling the pinch of rising costs and narrowing networks. Through interviews, animations and exposé, this new documentary film tells the story of the drama, struggle, and success of the movement towards healthcare equity.”

Watch the trailer here.