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.

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Taxpayers Continue to Pay for Congress' Health Insurance

August 3, 2013 in Blog

The hits with Obamacare just keep coming. (Here)

The latest is that employees and Members of Congress must get their health insurance through the exchanges, just like regular folks. At least that's what Congress and the President would like you to believe. But regular folks will pay for their own insurance in the exchanges and will be eligible for subsidies on a sliding scale.

Even the President Wonders if Obamacare Will Work

August 1, 2013 in Blog

The New York Times recently interviewed President Obama about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and the transcript is chilling and revealing. First, the chilling part:

"NYT: People questioned your legal and constitutional authority to do that unilaterally -- to delay the employer mandate. Did you consult with your lawyer?       

2013 Washington Policy Center Health Care Conference

July 30, 2013 in Publications

Washington Policy Center hosted its eleventh annual health care conference on June 27, 2013 at the SeaTac Hilton with an attendance of over 300 people. The event included three expert panels as well as a special keynote address delivered by Avik Roy, a health care contributor to Forbes Magazine and former health care advisor to 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Another Obamacare Delay

July 3, 2013 in Blog

The Obama administration continues to delay the implementation of Obamacare. Yesterday, the White House announced a one year delay to 2015 of the employer mandate that requires any employer with more than 50 employees to provide health insurance or pay a federal tax. Although the bill became law over three years ago, the health care bureaucrats evidently need more time to implement the employer mandate.

Or, they need more time to convince employers to not cut back employee hours to part-time or not offer health benefits at all and simply pay the tax.

Increase in Health Insurance Costs in Washington State Exchange

June 24, 2013 in Blog

Avik Roy, a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, recently calculated the increase in health insurance costs in Washington state, with and without Obamacare. (Here) Even in over-regulated Washington, costs for health insurance purchased in the Obamacare state insurance exchange will be 34% to 80% higher than traditional insurance purchased in the individual market.

Meaningless Penalty For the Uninsured With Obamacare

June 19, 2013 in Blog

The foundation of Obamacare is the individual mandate that requires every American adult to own a health insurance policy or pay a penalty, or what the U.S. Supreme Court now calls a tax. The tax begins in 2014 and gradually increases over the next few years until it reaches a maximum of $700 per year or 2.5% of a person's gross income, whichever is greater. The Internal Revenue Service will collect the tax.

Obamacare Remains Unpopular

June 6, 2013 in Blog

Obamacare remains unpopular with the American public. A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey revealed 49% of people believed the health law a bad idea, with 43% "strongly" holding that opinion. Only 37% of people thought the law was a good idea. Last month, even the liberal CNN poll found that 54% of Americans were opposed to the law compared to 43% of those in favor of the law.