As Democrats, we share the belief that access to health care is a basic human right. It’s fundamental to our values, a significant part of our party platform, and a large share of national debate. This fall, voters on Vashon and Maury Islands will have the opportunity to make a critical decision about access to local care when they vote on the creation of a public hospital district. The 34th District Democrats will vote on an endorsement of this critical local measure at its October meeting.
The island’s current clinic isn’t financially viable and will not be able to continue to operate on Vashon. Without a public funding mechanism, island residents could lose local access to health care.
The public hospital district is a tool for funding ongoing care for the island. The taxes collected from the island would be spent only on island care. Over 60 other communities in Washington have created hospital districts to provide sustainable funding for their local health care services.
By approving Proposition 1, Proposed Public Hospital District No. 5, island voters will:
· Keep a clinic open and available to all;
· Provide services better aligned with island needs;
· Safeguard the quality of life for seniors, children and vulnerable populations.
If the island loses local health care access, they risk losing the seniors, families and businesses in the community. They lose local jobs and the services they support. They lose critical time in a health care emergency, and the convenience of staying on-island for non-life-threatening injuries or care.
The Public Hospital District is already supported by our legislative delegation. As Democrats, we have an opportunity to put our values into action by voting to endorse Proposition 1 and the Health Care for Vashon campaign. Learn more.