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Dr. Roger Stark MD, FACS & WPC Health Care Policy Analyst, July, 2014
Raleigh Kinsolving, Research Assistant, July, 2014
On May 13, 2014, Washington Policy Center hosted its 12th Annual Health Care Conference, a key policy event that has grown in statewide significance over the years. This year it was held at the Bellevue Hilton Hotel and was attended by state legislators, candidates for elected office, business owners, health professionals, industry representatives and citizens from across the state. The conference included presentations on the state Health Care Exchange, Washington’s Health Care Innovation Plan and the impact of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Dr. Roger Stark MD, FACS, WPC Health Care Policy Analyst, July, 2014
by Roger Stark, MD, FACS and WPC Health Policy Analyst, April, 2014
President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, four years ago, yet the sweeping health care law remains unpopular with Americans. The Rasmussen poll reported in early March 2014 that 56 percent of voters had an unfavorable opinion of the ACA. This number has not changed significantly over four years. Many early supporters of the law, including some labor unions, are now dissatisfied and oppose Obamacare.
Dr. Roger Stark, MD, FACS, WPC Health Care Policy Analyst, November, 2013
On November 14, 2013, Dr. Roger Stark, WPC Health Care Policy Analyst, was invited to testify in Washington, D.C. before the Congressional House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Stark’s testimony follows.
Dr. Roger Stark, MD, FACS, WPC Health Care Policy Analyst, February, 2014
On February 5, 2014, Dr. Roger Stark, WPC Health Care Policy Analyst, was invited to testify in Washington, D.C. before the Congressional Joint Subcommittees of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans, or CO-OPs, and the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Stark’s testimony follows.
Thank you Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee for the opportunity to testify today on the CO-OP plans created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Dr. Roger Stark, MD, FACS, March, 2014
President Obama and activists on the Left would like to use the topic of income inequality as a campaign issue in 2014 and probably in the 2016 elections. They say that the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer and the middle class is shrinking, and that’s why we should calmly accept their political plans to expand the reach of government power into lives of all Americans.
By Dr. Roger Stark, MD, FACS, WPC Health Care Policy Analyst and Erin Shannon, Director, Center for Small Business, February, 2014
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that all employers with 50 or more full-time employees must provide health insurance or pay a tax (penalty) to the federal government. The provision will be enforced by the IRS. Full-time is defined as an employee who works at least 30 hours per week. The tax is now called by the Orwellian term “employer responsibility penalty,” which implies employers should take a certain action even when the law does not require it.
Dr. Roger Stark, MD, FACS, WPC Health Care Policy Analyst, January, 2014