Health care has catapulted onto the national political stage, and we continue to search for innovative and long-term solutions in Washington. We can begin by evaluating the 51 mandates (add-on programs) Olympia requires in each insurance plan. These mandates increase the cost of insurance, resulting in increased premiums. Allowing a "Basic Health Plan" that is more affordable, will empower more businesses to provide benefits as well as making insurance more available to all economic classes. Every person and family in the sixth district deserves affordable health insurance.