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

The President's Vision for Health Care Reform

October 1, 2009 in Publications

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.

Chilling Views of Health Care Advisors Driving Reform Plans

September 17, 2009 in Publications

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.

Public Option Will Lower Private Health Insurance Premiums...to Zero

August 17, 2009 in Publications

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.”

Guarding Against Disease

August 6, 2009 in Publications

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.

The President's "Public Option" and Small Businesses

July 17, 2009 in Publications

This op-ed was published in the Puget Sound Business Journal on July 17th, 2009.

2009 Health Care Conference

July 6, 2009 in Publications

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.

Republican Health Care Alternative Falls Short of True Reform

June 1, 2009 in Publications

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.

The Non-Competition Health Plan

May 17, 2009 in Publications

This Op-Ed appeared in The Seattle Times and The Washington Examiner (Washington DC)

A Review of the Medicaid Program

May 6, 2009 in Publications

The Medicaid program began in 1965 as an accompaniment to the Medicare Act. Medicaid has always been an entitlement, with no defined limit on the number of beneficiaries or the cost of the program. As long as a person meets the legal criteria for participation in the program, that person receives Medicaid benefits, regardless of the cost to the government. Medicaid is now the largest health insurance system in the United States and is the largest means-tested health care program in the world.

A Review of the Medicaid Program

May 6, 2009 in Publications

The Medicaid program began in 1965 with the passage of title XIX of the Social Security Act. It has always been an entitlement, with no defined limit on the number of beneficiaries or the cost of the program. As long as a person meets the legal criteria for participation in the program, that person receives Medicaid benefits, regardless of total cost. From the beginning, a link was established between Medicaid eligibility and the welfare program, Aid to Families with Dependant Children (AFDC). Medicaid is now the largest health insurance system in the United States and is the largest means-tested health care program in the world.