No matter the outcome of the Jan Angel-Nathan Schlicher state Senate race, it’s important to note that Schlicher and the state Democratic Party broke all records for dirty campaigning.
Half-truths about one’s opponent are lies, and embellishing one’s own record is cheating.
Democrats complain that every one of Angel’s House votes this year amounted to cruel oppression of women and children. Actually, her “no” votes were appropriate responses to incoherent Democratic bills, most of which the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus deflected, and her “yes” votes were taken out of context, spun and twisted.
Most concerning, Schlicher and friends repeatedly tout his work on health care legislation prior to his appointment as state Senator, implying he single-handedly saved the state $30 million in Medicaid expenditures.
This is nonsense. As a Tacoma critical-care registered nurse, I contacted two Tacoma ER physicians and a state 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 misdirected law addressing inappropriate ER utilization. However, the task force submitted to the Legislature approaches which 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.
Angel’s clarity and honesty earned her a place in the Senate’s Majority Coalition Caucus. She deserved the promotion.