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SOS FOR THE ACA?
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.
Roger Stark, MD, FACS, October, 2013
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.
Roger Stark, MD, FACS, June, 2013
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.
Roger Stark, MD, FACS, August, 2013
In the now-famous words of former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, from 2010, “we have to pass this legislation (Affordable Care Act) to find out what’s in it.” Three years later even the most ardent supporters of the law realize it is too cumbersome and complex to actually work. President Obama himself is showing doubts. In a revealing slip, he said in a recent New York Times interview that the American public will like the law “if it works” – not when it works.
Roger Stark, MD, FACS, Health Care Policy Analyst, September, 2013
Does being put on Medicaid, the government’s entitlement program for the poor, actually save lives or improve people’s health? This is a question that has not been answered until very recently.