Doug Ericksen’s newsletter

His news isn’t in our local news as often as I think it should, so here is a copy of his latest newsletter. He is a local state rep, so I find it pretty important to know what he is working on for us. His straight answers link goes to Business and Media Institute article that is both informative and entertaining. And remember that you must forward this newsletter to at least 10 others or bad luck will befall you. ;)


Friends and Neighbors,

Last week, I offered you straight answers to one of the most important issues facing our families: health care – how bad is the problem?

This week, I will outline real solutions. Solutions that breakdown barriers to affordable health care and solutions that benefit families and small business.
It is time for government to demonstrate leadership and implement comprehensive health care reform that puts the patient first. I am offering real solutions that empower individuals, create choice, increase competition and lower costs. Government should not be empowering itself to raise taxes and take control of your family’s health care decisions. My goal is to increase access and contain costs. The solutions listed below can be achieved in the next legislative session and will begin taking us down the path to improved health care for all Washingtonians.
Real Solutions

  • Empower citizens with greater control over health care by removing barriers that inhibit health savings accounts;
  • Assist small employers and the self employed with tax incentives on health care premiums;
  • Reduce health insurance costs by reducing and limiting state mandates on health insurance policies;
  • Reduce health costs by enacting comprehensive medical malpractice reforms;

  • Provide individuals with health care costs and quality information so they can make informed decisions about their health care
  • Allow individuals and businesses to purchase health insurance across state lines, to increase choice and heighten competition;

  • And, allow insurance providers to design health insurance plans to specifically meet the needs of young adults ages 19 to 34.

Health Insurance Information
Click here for more information on health insurance in our state.

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