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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The Tragedy of Expanding Medicaid

February 22, 2013 in Blog

Florida's Republican Governor Rick Scott has been a leading opponent of ObamaCare, yet this week he came out in favor of expanding Medicaid in his state through the Affordable Care Act. The reasoning is it is "free money" or "money left on the table if we don't expand" or a "job creator" or expansion will "hold down health care costs." These are all faulty reasons at their worst.

The bottom line is Medicaid expansion is a bribe from the federal government.

Dr. Roger Stark updates us on the cost of Obamacare

February 10, 2013 in In the News
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An Encouraging Medicaid Waiver for Florida

February 6, 2013 in Blog

Medicaid began in 1965 as a government safety net for poor children and their families. It expanded over the past 47 years to include disabled individuals and patients needing long term care. In 1975, 10 percent of Americans were enrolled in Medicaid. This number increased to 20 percent last year.

2013 Legislative Briefing

Dann Mead Smith, Paul Guppy and the full research team from Washington Policy Center presented their findings and key issues this Legislative Session on government reform, small business issues, environmental policy, health care and education reform to over 100 legislators, key staff and WPC supporters at our 2013 Legislative Briefing, held at the Capitol in Olympia on Monday, February 4.

Washington State Should Not Expand Its Medicaid Program

February 1, 2013 in Publications

The existing Medicaid entitlement program began in 1965 as a government safety net to help poor children and their families earning less than 133 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). Congress has steadily expanded the program to include aid for disabled and long-term care patients. By 1975, 10 percent of Americans were enrolled in Medicaid. This number grew to 20 percent last year. Medicaid enrollment in Washington state has grown 50 percent faster than the overall population since 1993 and now totals 1.2 million people.

The Federal Government Abandons the State Health Insurance Exchange Deadline

January 29, 2013 in Blog

The state health insurance exchanges are a big part of the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare. These exchanges will function as insurance brokerages to help customers purchase health insurance that will be subsidized by federal taxpayers. As of this writing, only 18 states, including the District of Columbia, have set up exchanges. The federal government is suppose to establish an exchange for any state unwilling or unable to set up its own.

The deadline for approval of a state exchange by the federal government was January 1, 2013.

Single-Payer Health Care: Paid for One Job at a Time

January 22, 2013 in Blog

Throughout his campaign and even in the days leading up to his inauguration, Governor Inslee has repeatedly said he is, “focused like a laser beam on jobs.” 

Rising Health Insurance Premiums with ObamaCare

January 22, 2013 in Blog

The President signed ObamaCare into law three years ago. One of the main goals of the legislation was to hold down the cost of health care in the United States.

Obamacare Implementation Begins

January 16, 2013 in In the News
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013