Almost one hundred years ago, Washington was one of the first states to enact the oldest social insurance program in our country – workers’ compensation. It was part of a social compact between business and labor in which employees traded their right to sue in tort for their injuries for a more timely, but lower benefit, no-fault system to cover their injuries. Only in the U.S. – among virtually all industrialized democracies with workers’ compensation systems – is the private, for-profit insurance industry permitted to underwrite these legislatively mandated programs and have any role in this social contract. Our state has operated without the intrusion of the for-profit industry for its entire existence, and despite its faults and shortcomings, Washington’s system is viewed among the states as one of the most highly efficient and productive, The proponents of I-1082 have simply not made a case for the so-called “reform” they claim privatizing our system will bring. Reject this initiative – it is the wrong solution for our state.
Reject this initiative – it is the wrong solution for our state.
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