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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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

Medicaid Expansion Is Wrong for Washington State

April 30, 2013 in Publications

Expanding Medicaid is a key element of the federal Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. Originally, the law required states to extend the public health program to cover individuals and families who make up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. If a state refused, the feds would cancel all of its Medicaid funding.

The Powerful are seeking to exempt themselves from Obamacare

April 25, 2013 in Blog

Obamacare is coming. Under the law going into effect January 1st thousands of Washingtonians will be forced to get government-approved health coverage through the mandatory state exchange.

2013 Eastern Washington Health Care Lunch

April 22, 2013 in Events
Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The Davenport Hotel, Grand Pennington Ballroom
10 S. Post Street
Spokane, Washington

Washington Policy Center held its annual Eastern Washington Health Care Lunch in Spokane on June 26, featuring Avik Roy, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, writer for Forbes and former health care policy adviser to Mitt Romney; Dr. Karen Summar, health care adviser to the U.S.

2013 Health Care and Small Business dual-conference event

April 19, 2013 in Events
Thursday, June 27th, 2013
7:30 am - 4:30 pm
SeaTac Hilton
17620 Pacific Highway South
SeaTac, Washington

WPC's 11th Annual Health Care Conference
and biennial Small Business Conference

Health law at 3: Remains unpopular

April 19, 2013 in In the News
Friday, April 19, 2013