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.
Paul Guppy, Vice President for Research, January, 2013
Although it was intended to reduce health care costs, the federal Obamacare law contains a broad series of new taxes now taking effect in advance of full implementation of the mandatory program in January 2014. For example, a new 2.3 percent tax on medical devices started this month, which will raise the price of all medical supplies, from thermometers to pacemakers, used by doctors and nurses. Medical suppliers must pay the tax even if they don’t make a profit.
Roger Stark, MD, FACS, Health Care Policy Analyst, November, 2012
The 2012 election has set the direction for America’s health care system. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), or ObamaCare, will continue to be implemented until it is fully in place in 2018. What will this mean for Washingtonians?