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.
Rep. Doug Ericksen &
Dr. Roger Stark
This column first appeared in the July 2010 issue of Inside ALEC, the official magazine of the American Legislative Exchange Council.
In a far away corner of the land, a long time ago, a health care battle took place. The place was Washington state, the year was 1993, and the debate centered on a controversial measure modeled on HillaryCare called the Washington Health Services Act.
Prof. Regina Herzlinger, Harvard Business School, June, 2010
Health care reform laudably expands coverage but its expenses, more than $900 billion in the next decade, will put another nail in the coffin of the U.S. economy and gravely injure the sick along the way, as the US inevitably transitions to a single-payer system to control costs.
Drew Sexton, WPC Research Assistant, June, 2010
The Washington Policy Center hosted its 8th Annual Health Care Conference on June 4th at the SeaTac Doubletree Hotel. The half day event featured an interview with Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna and a keynote address by Harvard Business School professor Regina E. Herzlinger, Ph.D. Over 300 people attended to hear from the featured speakers and two in-depth panels about how the new federal health care reform will affect our economy, health providers, taxpayers, and patients.
Roger Stark, Health Care Policy Analyst, June, 2010
Liberals and conservatives agreed on one thing during the health care debate: the cost of health care in the United States is not sustainable. Last year we spent $2.2 trillion, or 17% of the United States’ gross domestic product (GDP), on health care. Without some type of reform that number will rise to an unrealistic 30% of GDP by 2030. From an economic standpoint, this could never happen.