Prior to the start of the 2015 legislative session, legislators have the opportunity to pre-file bills they intend to introduce. The pre-filed bills offer an early insight into the legislative agenda of certain lawmakers—and the party to which they belong.
Democrats have long supported the push for a “Washington Health Security Trust” (WHST)—a plan for a publically funded health care system. In 2013, Democrats introduced House Bill 1085 which made WHST plans compatible with Obamacare. Successful passage of the bill would allow legislative authority to request the Federal Government grant a “state innovation waiver” in order to implement a Single Payer health care system in Washington State. Our state would move toward state-based universal health coverage similar to that of Vermont.
This week, a group of Democrat legislators pre-filed the latest version of the WHST, House Bill 1025, requiring the submission of a waiver to the federal government to create a Single Payer health care system. You can view the bill’s pre-filed status and sponsoring Democrats here.