The Washington Republican Party has endorsed Initiative 1082, which is designed to eliminate the state worker compensation system. State Rep. Jan Angel has called for privatization of that system. That support is obviously a payoff for the support that Republicans receive from the BIAW which is pushing I-1082.
As illustrated in a lawsuit between the Master Builders and the BIAW, the pooling handled by the BIAW currently returns a profit to the organization which it uses in political campaigns rather than reducing costs for pool members. What would make anyone believe that it won’t also profit from privatization? I-1082 concedes that it is not designed to lower rates paid by small businesses. Anyone who has ever dealt with insurance companies knows that the primary effort is to defeat claims and make huge profits.
To show my support for workers, I will vote for Democrat Sumner Schoenike because I know that he will support worker rights rather than selling out to insurers. His opponent has received substantial contributions from insurers, Wal-Mart and Phillip Morris. I’ll stick with Dr. Schoenike for 26th Legislative District state representative because he will represent my interests rather than big business.