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

Obamacare’s Implementation Problems: More than just a broken website

March 17, 2014 in Publications
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.

Background

Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPs) and the Affordable Care Act

March 17, 2014 in Publications
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.

Background

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).

The facts about class envy and income inequality

March 17, 2014 in Publications

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.

Requiring Large Employers to Pay for Health Care Benefits for Part-Time Employees (HB 2588)

February 28, 2014 in Publications

Background

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.

The Impact of the Affordable Care Act in Washington State

February 21, 2014 in Publications



Keeping Your Health Insurance If You Like It

February 19, 2014 in Publications

Background

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

January 27, 2014 in Publications

Background

The Impact of the Affordable Care Act in Washington State

January 21, 2014 in Publications

“We have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it...”
-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, March 9, 2010

Key Findings

Congressional Hearing Testimony given by Dr. Roger Stark

November 15, 2013 in Publications

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

Click here to watch Roger's testimony online.
Click here to watch Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers' introduction of Roger.

Summary Points

Unions, Employers, and Obamacare

October 14, 2013 in Publications

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.