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WPC Analysis: National Health Care Reform Plan Will Have Troubling Consequences in WA

Analysis of the newly-minted national health care reform plan by WPC’s health care analyst Dr. Roger stark makes some startling findings about its impact in Washington:

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

Read the full release online here.

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