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.
Dr. Roger Stark, MD, FACS, WPC Health Care Policy Analyst, January, 2014
Roger Stark, MD, FACS, Health Care Policy Analyst, November, 2013
House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing at the U.S. Capitol
"Obamacare's Implementation Problems: More than just a broken website"
Testimony given by Roger Stark, MD, FACS, WPC Health Policy Analyst
Hearing Date: November 14, 2013
Roger Stark, MD, FACS, October, 2013
Unionized grocery workers just voted to authorize a strike against four major grocery store chains in the Puget Sound area. Executives at the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21, with 30,000 members, are dissatisfied with company proposals for paying wages and providing health benefits for part-time workers. Due to the new national health policy, employers want to drop insurance for part-time employees and allow those workers to get coverage through the individual market or the Obamacare-mandated state exchanges.
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By Dr. Roger Stark, MD, FACS, WPC Health Care Policy Analyst and Erin Shannon, Director, Center for Small Business, February, 2014
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that all employers with 50 or more full-time employees must provide health insurance or pay a tax (penalty) to the federal government. The provision will be enforced by the IRS. Full-time is defined as an employee who works at least 30 hours per week. The tax is now called by the Orwellian term “employer responsibility penalty,” which implies employers should take a certain action even when the law does not require it.
Dr. Roger Stark, MD, FACS and WPC Health Care Policy Analyst, February, 2014
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that after January 1, 2014, all health insurance policies must contain 10 benefit mandates as determined by federal regulators. Because of this rule, 16 million people nationally and 290,000 in Washington state lost their existing health insurance.