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.

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Mixed Results with Accountable Care Organizations

September 22, 2015 in Blog

The United States spends more for health care than any other country. Last year, total costs were $3.15 trillion or 18 percent of the economy. For the past 30 years, health care payers, specifically the government, employers and insurance companies, have pursued ways to hold down health care costs.

Where Do the Presidential Candidates Stand on Health Care

September 18, 2015 in Blog

The Republican presidential candidates held their second major debate earlier this week. After the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in King versus Burwell this summer, many people assumed health care would take center stage in the campaigns. Obamacare, Medicare and Medicaid were barely mentioned during the debate.

However, several of the candidates have already taken a position on health care.

How Does Repealing Obamacare Add to the Federal Debt?

September 9, 2015 in Blog

Presidential candidates are starting to issue their health care reform proposals. Repeal or reform of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, is central to many of the plans.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), along with the Joint Commission on Taxation (JCT) weighed in this summer. (here) They found that for the period 2016-2025, repeal of the ACA would add $137 billion to the federal debt. This number would go up substantially for the following decades.

13th Annual Health Care Luncheon

September 4, 2015 in Events
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
SeaTac Hilton Hotel

Medicare and Medicaid at Fifty

September 3, 2015 in Publications

The Latest GAO Report Recommends More Federal Control of Medicaid

August 29, 2015 in Blog

Last month, the federal General Accounting Office (GAO) released its latest Medicaid report, which is detailed and relies on past reports for background.

Medicare and Medicaid at 50 - decades of increasing costs and diminishing services reveal the problems of socialized medicine

August 24, 2015 in Publications

Medicare and Medicaid were enacted in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s ambitious Great Society effort to end poverty. The original programs were designed to provide health insurance for all seniors 65 and older and for children of low-income families. Although opponents warned the programs were the first steps to socialized medicine, the law was supported by Democrats and Republicans.

Leaders in Health Care Finalists 2011

August 24, 2015 in In the News
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Sunday, August 23, 2015