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.


Health Care Reform that Can Kill the U.S. Economy

June 29, 2010 in Publications

Health care reform laudably expands coverage but its expenses, more than $900 billion in the next decade, will put another nail in the coffin of the U.S. economy and gravely injure the sick along the way, as the US inevitably transitions to a single-payer system to control costs.

National Health Care Reform: How It will Affect Our Economy, Our Families, and Our Communities

June 29, 2010 in Publications

The Washington Policy Center hosted its 8th Annual Health Care Conference on June 4th at the SeaTac Doubletree Hotel. The half day event featured an interview with Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna and a keynote address by Harvard Business School professor Regina E. Herzlinger, Ph.D. Over 300 people attended to hear from the featured speakers and two in-depth panels about how the new federal health care reform will affect our economy, health providers, taxpayers, and patients.

After Passage, We Learn the True Cost of Federal Health Care Reform

June 24, 2010 in Publications

Liberals and conservatives agreed on one thing during the health care debate: the cost of health care in the United States is not sustainable. Last year we spent $2.2 trillion, or 17% of the United States’ gross domestic product (GDP), on health care. Without some type of reform that number will rise to an unrealistic 30% of GDP by 2030. From an economic standpoint, this could never happen.

The Impact of the National Health Care Reform Law on Medicare and Medicaid in Washington State

June 6, 2010 in Publications

In March, President Obama’s health care reform law was passed with narrow partisan support and with significant bipartisan opposition. By contrast, when Medicare and Medicaid were enacted in 1965 these two social programs received broad support in both parties.

The Impact of National Health Care Law on Businesses in Washington State

June 6, 2010 in Publications

After fourteen months of debate, and with narrow partisan support and substantial bipartisan opposition in Congress, President Obama signed major health care reform legislation into law.  Polls consistently show the President’s health plan is unpopular with the public.  At no point in the history of the United States has such broad, wide-sweeping social legislation become law by such a slim political margin.

The Impact of the National Health Care Law on Doctors and Other Providers in Washington State

June 3, 2010 in Publications

After fourteen months of debate, President Obama signed major health care legislation on March 23, 2010, and reconciled amendments from the Senate were added on March 30, 2010. The legislation will have a deep-felt effect on residents and businesses in Washington state in different ways. This paper, the first in a series from Washington Policy Center, examines the impact on hospitals and doctors.

Washington residents to see ObamaCare Taxes Now, Services Later

April 17, 2010 in Publications

This op-ed first appeared in Spokane's daily newspaper, the Spokesman Review, on Sunday, March 28, 2010. WPC now has a regular column in the Spokesman Review that will appear in the last weekend of each month

How Mandates Increase Costs and Reduce Access to Health Care Coverage

April 2, 2010 in Publications

In June 2002, the Washington Policy Center published a study showing how state-imposed mandates add to the cost of health insurance.  Since then state lawmakers have added new mandates, and the cost of insurance has continued to rise.

ObamaCare: What Happens Now?

March 17, 2010 in Publications

The much anticipated health care summit was held recently in Washington, D.C. President Obama controlled the microphone and served as moderator, timekeeper, and chief negotiator with the Republicans.

Bills to Lift the Ban on Buying Health Insurance in Other States Could Lower Costs for Washington Residents

February 21, 2010 in Publications

HB 3015 (sponsored by Rep. Eileen Cody) and SB 6781 (sponsored by Sen. Karen Keiser) were offered with bipartisan support in the 2010 Legislative Session. The bills would establish “an interstate compact for the sale and issue of health benefit plans.” The goals of the proposed legislation are to:

  • Decrease the number of uninsured
  • Provide more affordable options in health insurance
  • Decrease or maintain insurance costs
  • Increase competition among insurance companies