Sen. David Frockt (D-Seattle) announced today that he will sponsor a Senate bill to provide a public option for health insurance in Washington state. He released the following statement:

“The Trump administration has done everything in its power to undermine the health care coverage advances we’ve made in Washington. His policies have led to dramatic increases in premiums and deductibles for our citizens obtaining insurance on the individual market. His administration is today supporting a court case to overturn, in full, the Affordable Care Act including its protections for pre-existing conditions.”

“For those Washingtonians in the individual health insurance market, including those buying coverage on our exchange, Cascade Care is designed to apply downward pressure to the increases in premiums and deductibles that his terrible policies have led to. Over the last year, I have spoken directly with families and individuals who purchase coverage on the exchange who believe aggressive steps must be taken to bring premiums and deductibles down.”

“Cascade Care will lend predictability by establishing standard benefit designs that will be easier for consumers to understand and navigate by providing transparent and predictable cost sharing. Cascade Care will be available to all Washingtonians as it will have no income qualifier, but will not have any direct effect on the majority of Washingtonians who get their health care through their employers, Medicare or Apple Health (Medicaid).”

”I support and continue to support a universal health care system in this country. For the time being, the Trump Administration has put both a national and state based system out of reach. Cascade Care is an important step that can be done here in Washington that, in the long run, will lay the foundation for the universal system many of us are seeking.”

For additional information on Cascade Care, visit Gov. Jay Inslee’s Medium page.