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.

What's New

Enacting a Core Benefits Health Plan for Young Adults

February 7, 2009 in Publications

The legislature is considering a bill, SB 5052, designed to reduce the number of uninsured in Washington by lowering the cost of private health insurance for people ages 19 to 34, the age group most likely to lack health coverage. The bill would allow people in this age group to access a core benefits health plan in Washington. The bill was introduced, but not passed, in the 2007 and 2008 sessions, and has been reintroduced in slightly revised form for 2009.

WPC Annual Legislative Briefing Luncheon

February 4, 2009 in Events
Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Washington State Capitol
Olympia, WA

During this lunch event each center's research director gave an overview of our latest research and analysis on the key issues facing legislators this Session.

What's Not Wrong with Health Care in the U.S.

January 1, 2009 in Publications

Change is coming to the health care system in this country. At $2.1 trillion per year, or 17% of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP), cost should be the driver for this movement to reform our current system.

Analysis of the Guaranteed Health Benefits Plan

December 2, 2008 in Publications

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has proposed a universal, state controlled, high-deductible health insurance plan for all Washington residents who are not covered by another government program, such as Medicare and Medicaid.

What is Insurance?

November 8, 2008 in Publications

Insurance is heavily regulated in Washington. Some level of state regulation is essential for insurance to be effective and to protect consumers against fraud. At the same time, too much regulation drives up prices, stifles competition and reduces choice and affordability for consumers. In the heat of these policy debates, the real meaning of insurance is often lost, and it becomes easy for policymakers in Olympia to forget why people need insurance in the first place.

Health Care Will be Expensive as Long as Someone Else is Paying for It

September 1, 2008 in Publications

The fundamental problem with the health care system in this country is the cost. We spend 17% of our gross domestic product, or nearly $2.2 trillion, on health care each year in the United States. Most proposals to reform health care delivery offer a way to control these expenses through the use of more regulations, “better” medicine, and ultimately, a government managed system.

What Works and What Doesn’t: A Review of Health Care Reform in the States

August 7, 2008 in Publications

Since the failure of HillaryCare at the national level in the early 1990s a number of states, including Washington, have made attempts at health care reform of their own. Each of these have been based on some form of government-managed system, generally including an open-ended taxpayer funding commitment combined with a generous set of mandated benefits.

Health Care Reform that Works

August 7, 2008 in Publications

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) have been available since January 1, 2004. They originated as a provision to the Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (Medicare Part D), signed into law in December 2003.

The General Election Debate Over Health Reform Begins

July 16, 2008 in Publications

Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain are gearing up for a general election battle – barring a surprise surge by Sen. Hillary Clinton – in which they will offer very different visions for health care reform.

Special Evening Reception for Our Whatcom County Area Supporters

June 3, 2008 in Events
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Bellingham, WA

This special reception and wrap-up of the 2008 Legislative Session was for our supporters and those interested in learning more about our work.  The recently completed Session was discussed, with a focus on how it will affect you and your business.  WPC’s president and research center directors gave reviews of their work during Session, including publications on the state budget, taxes, health care, transportation, the environment and ways to improve the business climate.  They also presented the top issues to look for during the remainder of this busy election year and previ