Healthcare Reform transcript

Americans pay more for health coverage than anyone else in the world. Yet in rural communities like ours we struggle with access and affordability. Our medical centers too are having a hard time. In our district alone we’ve lost one hospital, and we’re in danger of losing two more. It’s time to have a courageous conversation about covering everyone in Washington State, no matter why they’re here. It will lower our costs in the process, and it’s the right thing to do.

As I’ve talked to people around our district, I’ve heard from doctors and patients alike; that they’re frustrated! As someone who has worked in public health for several years, serving the needs of the people of our district is my full time priority. We cannot wait for Congress to act. As your state representative I’ll identify the gaps in coverage that keep people from care. I’ll work to break down barriers to access, and I’ll explore all options for making our system sustainable.

Everyone, in every corner of our state, deserves quality healthcare. It’s time for government to engage us, the people. It’s time for Everett Maroon for State Representative of the 16th District.

Opioid Crisis Response transcript

You may have heard that we are in the midst of an opioid crisis, but did you know that every day we lose two more Washingtonians to overdose? Estimates are that seventeen thousand people in our state are currently dependent on opioids, and that we are prescribing enough doses to provide every man, woman, and child with a two month supply of pain killers.

As the co-chair for the Greater Columbia Accountable Community of Health Opioid Demonstration Project, I address this crisis–for our particularly vulnerable region–on a daily basis. It is time to stop ignoring what is one of the greatest public health challenges of our time. With your help, I will take my experience and knowledge to Olympia and work even harder to meet the challenge of the opioid crisis head on.

It’s time for government to engage us, the people. It’s time for Everett Maroon for State Representative of the 16th District.