In the Jan Angel-Nathan Schlicher state Senate race, Schlicher and the state Democratic Party have broken all records for dirty campaigning. Half-truths about one’s opponent are lies, and embellishing one’s own record is cheating.
If you believe state Democrats, Angel’s House votes have amounted to Dickensian oppression of women and children. In reality, they were appropriate responses to ill-conceived and incoherent Democrat-sponsored bills. Thankfully, this year the Senate Majority Conservative Coalition deflected most of these.
Most concerning, Schlicher and friends repeatedly tout his work on health care legislation prior to his appointment as state senator, claiming that he singlehandedly saved the state $30 million in Medicaid expenditures. This is nonsense.
As a critical-care registered nurse in Tacoma, I contacted two Tacoma ER physicians and a health care analyst for their views. Schlicher was one member of a large task force convened in 2011 by the Washington College of Emergency Physicians in response to a poorly written law regarding inappropriate ER utilization. However, the approaches the task force developed already had been identified and were being coordinated among the major hospitals in our area.
My ER physician colleagues tell me they haven’t yet seen major changes, and a Medicaid “savings” of $30 million is far from certain.
I’ve spoken with Schlicher twice and find him arrogant and uninterested in alternative solutions. My vote goes to Angel, whose clarity and honesty have earned her a place in the Senate Majority Conservative Coalition; she deserves the promotion.