With prospects dim for the U.S. to adopt a single-payer “Medicare for All” program, health care reform advocates turned instead to an insurance plan designed by the government that could compete with private insurance plans sold on the health care exchanges.
As more heatstroke patients arrived at hospitals in Washington, doctors used human body bags filled with ice and water to quickly immerse and cool several elderly people.
Vaccinations have slowed to a snail’s pace, creating uncertainty about when the state will reach 70% vaccination for adults.
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More than half of Washington’s eligible population has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but that's much less than is needed to block the virus through herd immunity.
As Oregon lawmakers mull over the idea of moving toward a system that eventually requires insurers to cover everybody, they might want to consider lessons learned from our neighbors to the north… that is, Washington not Canada. (We aren’t going that far).