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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Obamacare: What it will cost here

August 8, 2013 in In the News
Seattle Times
Seattle Times
Thursday, August 1, 2013

Early ObamaCare prognosis

August 6, 2013 in In the News
570 KVI AM (Seattle)
570 KVI AM (Seattle)
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

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.