Whole Washington is a grassroots coalition of healthcare professionals, activists and organizers with a common belief that healthcare is a human right. We also believe Washington should be doing more to provide the best level of care to all its residents. We have a Board of Directors, a few core organizers, a Steering Committee, and a ton of volunteers across the state.
Whole Washington started after 735 passed in November 2016. Because the staff was either uninsured or under-insured, getting universal healthcare was an important issue. Several of the staff decided on the name and got to work. The board and campaign director went to coalition meetings, recruited steering committee members from healthcare organizations and activist groups around the state, and requested experts join the initiative writing committee.
Whole Washington also raised money to get a funding study done by world renowned economist Dr. Gerald Friedman, to ensure that the funding portion was sufficient and well researched. After a year of organizing and writing the ballot measure, which is based primarily on the WHST (Washington Health Security Trust) bill and whose author was also on the initiative writing committee, the language was filed with the Secretary of State. In January, the language was approved and I-1600 was given its number.
Since then, the campaign has been gathering signatures at a rapid pace, and hopes to make ballot so the voters of Washington can pass the United States’ first ever universal healthcare system.