THE NAACP OF SEATTLE AND KING COUNTY ASKS ITS MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS FOR SUPPORT OF SB 5822, THE PATHWAY TO UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE BILL
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 1, 2019
CONTACT: Sadiqa Sakin, President, Seattle/King County NAACP
Seattle, WA— [March 1, 2019] - The Seattle King County Chapter of the NAACP, acting in its representative capacity as the guardian of Civil Rights, under President Sadiqa Sakin, is asking its General Membership and supporters in a Call to Action for SB 5822, The Pathway to Universal Health Care Bill. Under this Bill, a pathway is established to a universal health care system for the residents of Washington state.
The mission of the NAACP is to ensure equal political, educational, social, and economic rights for all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. This mission includes a focus on the right of African Americans and other people of color to have optimal health outcomes and access to timely, quality, affordable health care. African Americans continue to have the highest incidence, prevalence and mortality rates from chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, and issues like HIV/AIDS continue to overwhelm the Black community more so than any other racial or ethnic group. The NAACP is committed to eliminating the racial and ethnic inequities that exist within our health care system that undermine communities of color their life opportunities and their ability to contribute fully to the common good.
SB 5822, The Pathway to Universal Health Care Bill, had a hearing in the Senate Health & Long-Term Care Committee last Monday, Feb, 18th and passed out of committee. Thank you to everyone who submitted testimony, attended the hearing, and wrote their legislators. Now the bill is in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. The NAACP supports this bill because it would mean the biggest step towards an equitable, sustainable, and affordable healthcare system for WA State residents regardless of socioeconomic status, employment, race, gender, geographic location, or documented status, and strongly urges the Ways and Means Committee to vote 'yes' on it on Wednesday
Please contact your Senator and let them know why you personally support Universal Health Care and urge passage of SSB 5822 out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Find your Senator and send an email here - or- Comment on the bill.
The NAACP urges our General Membership and supporters to support this Bill and help in our Action Alert. Thank you!
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