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Huge Blow to Obamacare Today

July 22, 2014 in Blog

In a potentially huge blow to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, the U.S. Appeals Court for the D. C. Circuit today ruled in a 2-1 decision that the I.R.S. lacked the authority to allow subsidies to be provided in health insurance exchanges not run by individual states (Halbig vs Burwell). (Here)

How Obamacare’s “Cadillac Tax” will affect local governments, public employees and local taxpayers

July 18, 2014 in Publications

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2014 Washington Policy Center Health Care Conference

July 18, 2014 in Publications

On May 13, 2014, Washington Policy Center hosted its 12th Annual Health Care Conference, a key policy event that has grown in statewide significance over the years. This year it was held at the Bellevue Hilton Hotel and was attended by state legislators, candidates for elected office, business owners, health professionals, industry representatives and citizens from across the state. The conference included presentations on the state Health Care Exchange, Washington’s Health Care Innovation Plan and the impact of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Greater Use of Over-the-Counter Drugs for Consumer-Driven Health Care

July 15, 2014 in Blog

One issue that is often overlooked in the discussion of patient-driven health care is access to therapeutic drugs. Specifically, should patients, as consumers, have greater choices in over-the-counter (OTC) drugs?

As recently as thirty years ago patients only had access to very basic OTC drugs such as aspirin, Tylenol and anti-acids. Now people can freely obtain a wide variety of drugs to treat ulcers, colds, the flu, as well as a much broader choice of pain medication.

The Truth Behind the Obamacare Sign-up Numbers

July 11, 2014 in Blog

The Commonwealth Fund recently reported that as of May 1, 2014, 20 million people now have health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare. A follow-up paper by the Heritage Foundation puts that number in perspective, however.

Innovation or Institution? The Washington State Health Care Innovation Plan as signed into law

July 10, 2014 in Publications

Key Findings

Obamacare Tax on Drug Manufacturers Will Result in Fewer or More Costly Drugs

June 19, 2014 in Blog

Part of the funding for Obamacare comes from a $2.3 billion per year tax on drug manufacturers. The tax is assessed based on the share of all drug sales for each company that specific year. The money to pay this tax will either come from higher drug prices passed on to consumers or will come from research and development budgets.

VA wait-lists a result of socialized health care

June 17, 2014 in In the News
The Seattle Times
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The Seattle Times
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

VA wait-lists a result of socialized health care

June 17, 2014 in Publications