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Roger Stark, MD, FACS & WPC Health Policy Analyst, March, 2015
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, has been controversial since it was enacted along strict party lines in 2010. No Republican amendments were included in the legislation and no Republican in Congress voted for the final bill.
Since it became law, the United States Supreme Court has ruled on several lawsuits directly related to the ACA. The Court has accepted another case – this one dealing with the legality of the insurance subsidies distributed through the federal health insurance exchange.
Roger Stark, MD, FACS, WPC Health Care Policy Analyst, February, 2015
By Roger Stark, MD, FACS, WPC Health Care Policy Analyst, February, 2015
Proposal would modernize current law and provide more certainty for dentists and Dental Support Organizations
Roger Stark, MD, FACS, Director, Center for Health Care, January, 2015
Proponents of putting more people on Medicaid, the federal program for the poor, say the increased government spending will improve the economy. Is this true?
Medicaid is a health care entitlement that began in 1965. Originally, it provided health insurance to low-income families with children. It has grown to include aid for disability and long-term care. The existing Medicaid costs are covered with both federal and state taxpayer dollars on a 50/50 basis.
Roger Stark, MD, FACS & WPC Health Policy Analyst, September, 2014
Roger Stark MD, FACS & WPC Health Care Policy Analyst, September, 2014
- The Medicaid expansion in Washington state was done with a one-line budget gimmick. The 2015 legislature must again face the long-term impact of what the Medicaid expansion means for the people of our state. Elected officials in Washington owe state taxpayers a formal, specific debate and a clear floor vote on whether to continue the expansion.
- Washington state taxpayers will see an added cost of an additional $533 million ($383 million plus $150 million) per year because of the Medicaid expansion.
Roger Stark, MD, FACS, August, 2014
One more example of why reform is needed.