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Roger Stark, Health Care Policy Analyst, February, 2010
This paper discusses state-federal Medicaid financing since the 1980s and how state officials have manipulated the federal program to receive extra matching money. Washington state’s proposed provider tax and the proposed “bed tax” on nursing homes are examples of how state officials adopt policies in an effort to leverage more federal funding from the Medicaid program. Since Medicaid is an entitlement with no statutory limit on spending, there is no limit to how much state officials can try to gain from the program.
Roger Stark, Health Care Policy Analyst, January, 2010
U.S. House and Senate Democrats have passed two sweeping 2,000 page bills that would fundamentally and dramatically change our health care. There are significant differences between the two bills, but the more moderate Senate bill has the best chance of passing through the conference committee and being signed by the President. Both bills passed on a strict party-line vote, with essentially no support from minority Republicans.
What will this far-reaching legislation mean for Washington state?
Roger Stark, Health Care Policy Analyst, December, 2009
The U.S. House of Representative has passed a 1,910 page health care bill essentially along party lines. The Senate is now considering its own 2,074 page bill, again along party lines.
Roger Stark, Health Care Policy Analyst, October, 2009
President Obama recently addressed a joint session of Congress and the American public. As always, his speech was forceful and well-delivered with just the appropriate amount of emotion.
Roger Stark, Health Care Policy Analyst, September, 2009
Everyone agrees the key to improving health care is to get control of unsustainable rising costs. This can be done either through greater market competition and more choices for consumers, or through restricting choice and imposing ever-tighter government controls. The thousands of pages of legislation now under consideration in Washington, D.C. show Congress and the Administration are opting for the second approach. A look at who is advising the White House on health care should cause all Americans to be very worried about our health care future.
Paul Guppy, Vice President for Research, August, 2009
Responding to the concern that setting up a government-run public option insurance plan would inject politics into American health care, public option backers are saying, “Right. And that’s a good thing.”
Dr. Roger Stark, Health Care Policy Analyst, August, 2009
In 1965, the United States government assured that all children would receive access to vaccines for common childhood diseases through the passage of the Vaccination Assistance Act. The law created a program that provides federal grants to local authorities for preventive health services, including immunizations.
Carl Gipson, Director, Center for Small Business, July, 2009
This op-ed was published in the Puget Sound Business Journal on July 17th, 2009.
Abby Burlingame, Research Assistant, July, 2009
Washington Policy Center hosted its 7th annual health care conference on June 3rd in SeaTac with a crowd of over 300 people. The event provided a thorough discussion with various perspectives represented on every panel. The conference opened with a panel discussion about the 2009 legislative session and then explored health care solutions more thoroughly with speakers from the health care industry. The panel before lunch discussed current facts about the uninsured, as well as updates on successful current heath care policies.
Roger Stark, Health Care Policy Analyst, June, 2009
The Obama Administration has proposed allocating $634 billion toward a national health care plan and Congress is working feverishly to pass legislation into law before this session ends in the fall.