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Dr. Roger Stark, MD, FACS, Health Care Policy Analyst, March, 2012
Major health care reform (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) became law two years ago. The legislation passed with only Democratic votes and totaled a massive 2,700 pages. The Medicare and Medicaid programs, by contrast, were enacted in 1965 with broad support from both parties and totaled only 137 pages. Although the 2010 PPACA will not be fully implemented until 2018, we know much more about it today than was apparent two years ago.
Dr. Roger Stark, MD, FACS, Health Care Policy Analyst, February, 2012
The Spokane Journal of Business published this column on February 16, 2012.
The fundamental problem with the health care system in this country is its ever-rising cost. We spend 17% of our gross domestic product, or nearly $2.5 trillion, on health care each year. Most policy proposals attempt to control these expenses by imposing more top-down regulations, “better” medicine, and ultimately, a government-managed system.