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

No "New" Health Insurance Break for Small Employers

December 18, 2013 in Blog

The Obama Administration and leading Washington state Democrats are now promoting a "new" plan that allows employers to purchase employee health insurance with federal tax credits. This is being advertized as a one-year stop-gap measure to give employers financial releif until the the SHOP program is up and running state-wide in 2015.

Estate Taxes - An Unintended Consequence of Obamacare

December 16, 2013 in Blog

Medicaid began in 1965 as a health insurance entitlement for poor children and their families. Over the past 48 years, the program expanded to include disabled adults and long-term care. Today in the legacy Medicaid, 25% of enrollees are disabled and long-term care adults, but these people account for 75% of the cost of the overall program.

Obamacare Rollout in Washington State

December 4, 2013 in Blog

Washington state has been very pro-active about implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare. Washington is one of only 15 states to establish a state health insurance exchange. The other 35 states plan to use the federal exchange, which has been plagued by glitches and major problems. Medicaid expansion is a huge part of Obamacare and will be administered through the state exchange. The legislature never took a formal vote on the Medicaid expansion.

Congressional Hearing Testimony given by Dr. Roger Stark

November 15, 2013 in Publications

House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing at the U.S. Capitol

"Obamacare's Implementation Problems: More than just a broken website"

Testimony given by Roger Stark, MD, FACS, WPC Health Policy Analyst

Hearing Date: November 14, 2013

Click here to watch Roger's testimony online.
Click here to watch Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers' introduction of Roger.

Summary Points

Battle is on over nation’s health care act

November 14, 2013 in In the News
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Obamacare is Responsible for Millions Losing Their Current Health Insurance

October 30, 2013 in Blog

In 2009 the President said if you like your current health insurance you would be able to keep it - period.

The Administration has known for months, years actually, that millions of Americans who owned health insurance in the individual market would lose their plans because of Obamacare. The Affordable Care Act requires every plan sold in this market to contain 10 benefit mandates, many of which people don't want or need, like maternity care, and pediatric glasses, and substance abuse treatment.

Obamacare Is an Entitlement

October 27, 2013 in Blog

Virtually everyone who understands federal government financing in this country believes we need entitlement reform. The existing programs either need benefit reductions, or the government needs more tax revenue to pay for benefits, or the programs need some combination of these two things.

Seminar on the Affordable Care Act

October 16, 2013 in Events
Thursday, October 24th, 2013
8:30 am - 11:00 am
The Lincoln Center
1316 N Lincoln St


What happens now that Obamacare has been implemented?

The Lincoln Center, Thursday October 24th 8:30 - 11:00a.m.

Dr. Roger Stark is a health care policy analyst at WPC and a retired physician.

Unions, Employers, and Obamacare

October 14, 2013 in Publications

Unionized grocery workers just voted to authorize a strike against four major grocery store chains in the Puget Sound area. Executives at the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21, with 30,000 members, are dissatisfied with company proposals for paying wages and providing health benefits for part-time workers. Due to the new national health policy, employers want to drop insurance for part-time employees and allow those workers to get coverage through the individual market or the Obamacare-mandated state exchanges.

Obamacare Excludes Seattle Childrens Hospital

October 10, 2013 in Blog

Whoops - Seattle Childrens Hospital was excluded in the state exchange insurance plans by six of the eight insurance companies selling in the exchange. (Here)

The state health insurance exchanges are a big part of Obamacare. Individuals and small businesses can buy health insurance with taxpayer subsidies in the exchanges. Anyone earning up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level ($94,200 for a family of four) will qualify for the subsidies.