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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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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.

Dr. Roger Stark updates us on the latest costs of Obamacare

June 5, 2013 in In the News
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Will Obamacare Allow You to Keep Your Health Insurance?

May 29, 2013 in Blog

As full implementation of federal health care reform approaches, many people are confused by conflicting reports about coming increases in their health insurance premiums. The media has contributed to this confusion by using an apples-to-oranges comparison of health insurance plans. Consumers are also confused by possible changes in their health plans and are concerned whether they will be allowed to keep their existing insurance coverage.

Is Being on Medicaid Better than Having No Insurance at All?

May 20, 2013 in Publications

Does having health insurance actually save lives or improve health more than being uninsured? This question has not been answered until very recently.

Justice Roberts Tax Ruling Endangers Obamacare

May 20, 2013 in Publications

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of the individual mandate imposed on Americans by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or as the president calls it, Obamacare. The individual mandate states that every adult over the age of 18 must own federally approved health insurance or pay a penalty. The court essentially dodged the constitutionality of whether the government has the power to require citizens to buy a certain consumer product, however, and approved the mandate provision by ruling the penalty for not having health insurance is a tax.

Analysis of King County’s Proposed Mandatory Drug Take-back Program

May 16, 2013 in Publications


Officials in King County are considering imposing a mandatory drug take-back program on drug manufacturers, but research shows this approach will do little to protect the environment. There are real concerns that hormones found in water will have environmental impacts. Studies show that, like caffeine, the hormones in the water are not coming from people improperly disposing of medicine, but properly taking birth control pills.

The Mandatory Drug Take-back Program Will Not Solve Environmental Problems