Health Care

WPC's Center for Health Care develops patient-centered solutions to reduce costs and improve the availability and quality of health care for businesses and individuals, providing the only detailed, independent critique of health care issues available in the Northwest.

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Proponents Spin Obamacare "Success"

November 26, 2015 in Blog

Proponents of the Affordable Care Act continue to believe health care reform is working, albeit now with some qualifiers. Paul Krugman is one of the biggest champions of everything Obama.

"Medicare for Everyone"

November 20, 2015 in Blog

The presidential candidate fields are narrowing on both the Democratic and Republican sides. The Republicans realistically have eight viable candidates and the Democrats now have two, Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders.

CO-OPs Continue to Fail

October 27, 2015 in Blog

Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans, or CO-OPs, continue to fail. (here) As I testified before the Congressional Joint Subcommittees of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, CO-OPs were doomed from their creation in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare. (here)

Making Dollars and Sense Out of Drug Prices

October 13, 2015 in Publications

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, as well as many other elected officials, are demanding that the government impose price controls on medicines as a way to bring down health care costs. In 2013, prescription drug costs accounted for just nine percent of overall health care expenses. In economics, setting price limits on goods and services always results in scarcity, with fewer of those things being produced and made available to consumers. This has been confirmed by the disastrous centrally-planned economies of communist countries.

Mixed Results with Accountable Care Organizations

September 22, 2015 in Blog

The United States spends more for health care than any other country. Last year, total costs were $3.15 trillion or 18 percent of the economy. For the past 30 years, health care payers, specifically the government, employers and insurance companies, have pursued ways to hold down health care costs.

Where Do the Presidential Candidates Stand on Health Care

September 18, 2015 in Blog

The Republican presidential candidates held their second major debate earlier this week. After the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in King versus Burwell this summer, many people assumed health care would take center stage in the campaigns. Obamacare, Medicare and Medicaid were barely mentioned during the debate.

However, several of the candidates have already taken a position on health care.

How Does Repealing Obamacare Add to the Federal Debt?

September 9, 2015 in Blog

Presidential candidates are starting to issue their health care reform proposals. Repeal or reform of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, is central to many of the plans.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), along with the Joint Commission on Taxation (JCT) weighed in this summer. (here) They found that for the period 2016-2025, repeal of the ACA would add $137 billion to the federal debt. This number would go up substantially for the following decades.

13th Annual Health Care Luncheon

September 4, 2015 in Events
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
SeaTac Hilton Hotel

Medicare and Medicaid at Fifty

September 3, 2015 in Publications