Even before his appointment as state Senator in the 26th Legislative District, Nathan Schlicher had won national recognition for emergency room reforms that have become a national model and are saving Washington taxpayers more than $30 million a year.
As an emergency room physician, he was concerned that patients with life-threatening emergencies could be denied treatment because of cuts in Medicaid coverage. As a healthcare leader and citizen advocate, he proposed major improvements and persuaded legislators to enact them into law.
His reforms won the support of hospitals and family physicians throughout Washington state and in ERs all across the country. And those leadership and organizing skills led to his appointment to replace Derek Kilmer as state Senator for the 26th Legislative District.
Nathan Schlicher’s core values are reflected in other life choices, such as becoming an Eagle Scout and serving as lay minister in his church.
As a successful physician, he really didn’t need another job. But as the father of three young children, he saw it requires more than access to affordable health care to raise a healthy family and provide for their future. It also calls for an economic climate that can support good jobs and a quality education.
As the only physician serving in the state Legislature, Sen. Nathan Schlicher is a strong advocate for families, education and quality health care. That’s why it’s important to send him back to Olympia as our state Senator.