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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
Dr. Roger Stark, MD, FACS and WPC Health Care Policy Analyst, February, 2014
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that after January 1, 2014, all health insurance policies must contain 10 benefit mandates as determined by federal regulators. Because of this rule, 16 million people nationally and 290,000 in Washington state lost their existing health insurance.
In the Midst of Rocky Obamacare Implementation, Governor's Bill Seeks to Create New State Health Care Program
Dr. Roger Stark, MD, FACS
WPC Health Care Policy Analyst
Roger Stark, MD, FACS, Health Care Policy Analyst, November, 2013
House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing at the U.S. Capitol
"Obamacare's Implementation Problems: More than just a broken website"
Testimony given by Roger Stark, MD, FACS, WPC Health Policy Analyst
Hearing Date: November 14, 2013
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.
Austin Cooper, Research Assistant, July, 2013
Washington Policy Center hosted its eleventh annual health care conference on June 27, 2013 at the SeaTac Hilton with an attendance of over 300 people. The event included three expert panels as well as a special keynote address delivered by Avik Roy, a health care contributor to Forbes Magazine and former health care advisor to 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney.