A critical care nurse at our own Good Samaritan Hospital I see the impacts of our health care crisis every day. I believe that health care is not a partisan issue. Cancer doesn't care if you are a Republican or a Democrat or if you, or your company, can't buy affordable health insurance. Every day at work I see the unfairness of the health care system and know that each one of us is just a diagnosis away from disaster.
Locally, people are losing their homes, their futures and even their lives to diseases that strike them or their loved ones. No one deserves to carry the fear of, "What this may cost?" into their battle with a life-threatening illness. I come home motivated to make a change and right these injustices. In Olympia I was able to pass some bi-partisan proposals to help lower costs long-term. Some of these included:
Authored Washington's new Small Business Health Insurance Partnership to help small businesses insure lower-wage employees.
Helped craft a bi-partisan coalition to pass "Health Coverage For All Kids By 2010" that expanded health coverage for more than 30,000 children.
Worked to pass the Prescription Drug Purchasing Consortium, where citizens, businesses and Washington governments can pool their buying power to get lower prices and stood up to drug manufacturers to support the right of Washingtonians to buy affordable prescription drugs from Canada.