March 23, 2010
Contact: Chris Cargill

National Health Care Reform Plan Will Have Troubling Consequences in WA
Medicare cuts, higher taxes, and hundreds of thousands still uninsured

Spokane – The national health care reform plan signed into law by President Obama today will have far-reaching effects across the nation and right here in Washington state.

Washington Policy Center, a non-partisan public policy research organization with offices in Seattle, Olympia, Spokane, and Tri-Cities, is analyzing the new law.  Dr. Roger Stark, a retired surgeon and a health care policy analyst with WPC, has made some startling findings about its impact in Washington state:

• The uninsured rate was 13.2% last year in Washington state. Half of these people are in the 18-34 y/o range. The new law will force 432,000 young healthy people into insurance they may not want, need, or be able to afford.

• 205,000 WA seniors will be forced out of Medicare Part C.

• Because of the 21% cuts in Medicare reimbursements to providers, WA seniors will have a more difficult time finding a physician.

• 130,000 WA residents have Health Savings Accounts. The new law restricts the amount they can contribute to their HSAs and because of limitations on high deductible insurance plans, may totally eliminate HSAs.

• Between 300,000 – 480,000 people in Washington state will still lack health insurance.

• The number of people on Medicaid will increase by 280,000 for a total cost of Medicaid to WA taxpayers in excess of $30 billion over the next 10 years.

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Chris Cargill (WPC’s Eastern WA office director) at 509-570-2384 or ccargill@washingtonpolicy.org.

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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. With this new healthcare law…I have to ask, is America still a Republic?

  2. Hurf de durf!

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