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

Medicare and Medicaid at 50 - decades of increasing costs and diminishing services reveal the problems of socialized medicine

August 24, 2015 in Publications

Medicare and Medicaid were enacted in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s ambitious Great Society effort to end poverty. The original programs were designed to provide health insurance for all seniors 65 and older and for children of low-income families. Although opponents warned the programs were the first steps to socialized medicine, the law was supported by Democrats and Republicans.

Time to make funding for public mental health services a priority

May 20, 2015 in Publications

The treatment of mentally ill patients has undergone radical changes in the past 150 years, and not always for the better. Unfortunately, public health treatment remains grossly underfunded and consequently care is fragmented and places a huge social burden on American communities.

People with mental illnesses range from perfectly functional individuals to those with severe disabilities who are unable to care for themselves. The role of government is to serve as a safety-net and to help dysfunctional, impaired people who may do harm to themselves or others.

Time to make funding for public mental health services a priority

May 15, 2015 in Publications

Download a PDF of this legislative memo with sources and citations here.

The treatment of mentally ill patients has undergone radical changes in the past 150 years, and not always for the better. Unfortunately, public health treatment remains grossly underfunded and consequently care is fragmented and places a huge social burden on American communities.

Coming ruling in King Versus Burwell case may open a brighter vision of health care for everyone

March 11, 2015 in Publications

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.