On the November, 2005 ballot, there was a special item on the ballot that really meant something to the activists in our city.
City Of Seattle Advisory Measure No. 1 Health Care asked a basic question to the citizens of Seattle. "Is Health Care a Right?" 122,129 people, or 69.5%, said yes. 53,606 or 30.5% said no.
So now we have the incoming Mayor, Mike McGinn, whom my records say VOTED in that election, saying that he can't find a way to justify paying for some members of the outgoing Mayor's staff so they can keep their health insurance while they search for a job during the month of January.
This is not about broken promises. This isn't about money, which we can find if we need it. It's about a newly elected official not paying attention to the voices of the people he now represents. What do we have to do, have this initiative pass every single election for our elected representatives to be able to listen to it?
Health Care is a RIGHT, Mr. Mayor-Elect. You can bet that I will NEVER let you forget that.
Give these people the right to coverage during January while they search for a new job. Listen to the people of Seattle. Please.