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.

Publications

Viewpoint: Fall 2014

November 26, 2014 in Publications

Click below to view our PDF version of our Fall 2014 issue of Viewpoint, WPC's quarterly magazine!

Medicaid expansion in Washington state

August 26, 2014 in Publications

Key Findings

  1. 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.
     
  2. Washington state taxpayers will see an added cost of an additional $462 million ($383 million plus $79 million) per year because of the Medicaid expansion.

How Obamacare’s “Cadillac Tax” will affect local governments, public employees and local taxpayers

July 18, 2014 in Publications

Key Findings

2014 Washington Policy Center Health Care Conference

July 18, 2014 in Publications

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).

Innovation or Institution? The Washington State Health Care Innovation Plan as signed into law

July 10, 2014 in Publications

Key Findings

VA wait-lists a result of socialized health care

June 17, 2014 in Publications

ObamaCare is four years old – what does implementation look like?

May 1, 2014 in Publications

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.