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Paul Guppy, Vice President for Research, May, 2013
Officials in King County are considering imposing a mandatory drug take-back program on drug manufacturers, but research shows this approach will do little to protect the environment. There are real concerns that hormones found in water will have environmental impacts. Studies show that, like caffeine, the hormones in the water are not coming from people improperly disposing of medicine, but properly taking birth control pills.
The Mandatory Drug Take-back Program Will Not Solve Environmental Problems
Drew Gonshorowski, WPC Adjunct Scholar and researcher at The Heritage Foundation's Center for Data Analysis, April, 2013
Expanding Medicaid is a key element of the federal Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. Originally, the law required states to extend the public health program to cover individuals and families who make up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. If a state refused, the feds would cancel all of its Medicaid funding.
Join Washington Policy Center in Spokane on June 26th for its annual Eastern Washington Health Care Lunch, featuring Avik Roy, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, writer for Forbes and former health care policy adviser to Mitt Romney; Dr. Karen Summar, health care adviser to the U.S.
Roger Stark, MD, FACS, Health Care Policy Analyst, April, 2013
President Obama signed the federal health care bill, The Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law three years ago. Let’s look at what has happened over the past three years.
The law remains extremely unpopular with Americans. Since passage, polls have consistently shown at least 50 percent of voters disapprove of the law. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll revealed that only 41 percent of respondents actually understood the law while 57 percent did not.