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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 $462 million ($383 million plus $79 million) per year because of the Medicaid expansion.
Roger Stark, MD, FACS, August, 2014
One more example of why reform is needed.
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.