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 By Dr. Roger Stark    Opinions    March 5, 2014

Keeping your health insurance if you like it

Background The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that after January 1, 2014, all health insurance policies must contain 10 benefit mandates as determined by federal regulators. Because of this rule, 16 million people nationally and 290,000 in...

 
 By Dr. Roger Stark    Granite Falls    March 5, 2014

Keeping your health insurance if you like it

Background The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that after January 1, 2014, all health insurance policies must contain 10 benefit mandates as determined by federal regulators. Because of this rule, 16 million people nationally and 290,000 in...

 
 By Roger Stark    Opinions    August 27, 2013

Is being put on Medicaid better than having no insurance?

Does being put on Medicaid, the government’s entitlement program for the poor, actually save lives or improve people’s health? This is a question that has not been answered until very recently. In 2008, Oregon lawmakers decided they had e...

 
 By Roger Stark Md    Opinions    February 19, 2013

Washington State should not expand its medicaid program

The existing Medicaid entitlement program began in 1965 as a government safety net to help poor children and their families earning less than 133 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). Congress has steadily expanded the program to include aid...

 
 By Roger Stark, Md    Opinions    October 9, 2012

Limiting lawsuit costs would make health care more affordable

Everyone agrees the rising cost of health care in the United States is unsustainable. Last year Americans spent $2.4 trillion, or nearly 18 percent of our gross domestic product, on health care. Frivolous lawsuits against doctors and hospitals...

 
 By Roger Stark    Opinions    July 3, 2012

Health care: Who uses the money?

Liberals and conservatives agree the rapidly increasing cost of health care is unsustainable in the U.S. Last year the country spent $2.4 trillion, comprising 18 percent of our economy or gross domestic product. Although the rate of increase has...

 
 By Roger Stark, Md, Facs    Opinions    January 10, 2012

Doctor shortage is example why central planning doesn’t work

The U.S. in general, and Washington state in particular, are facing a severe doctor shortage in the next 10 to 15 years. Not only is the population growing, but the baby boomer generation is aging and will require more medical services in the near...

 
 By Roger Stark M.d.    Opinions    October 31, 2011

Your doctor’s report card

After completing four years of medical school and three to eight years of rigorous specialty training, your doctor will soon have to get a report card from the federal government. Oh, and his or her income will be determined by this report card, not...

 
 By Roger Stark, Md Facs    Opinions    September 1, 2011

Why the Government wants to spy on your doctor

The federal government recently announced it wants to spy on your doctor. The government planned to pay “mystery patients” to call doctors and find out whether they are willing to accept the prices set by Medicaid and Medicare. The public...

 
 By Roger Stark    Opinions    April 25, 2011

National health care reform: First year report card  

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) became law one year ago and ultimately will impact one sixth of the United States’ economy. Never before has such comprehensive social legislation been passed by Congress with such a...

 
 By Roger Stark    Opinions    February 7, 2011

Washington has an opportunity to design a patient-directed health insurance exchange

Major health care legislation became federal law last year. One half of the $1 trillion cost of the legislation will be spent on taxpayer-funded subsidies to purchase health insurance in new state health insurance exchanges. Eligibility for the subsi...

 
 By Roger Stark, Md, Facs    Granite Falls    December 6, 2010

Are “Death Panels” part of health care reform? 

One of the most controversial issues during the debate over federal health care reform was the concept of government committees or agencies deciding who would receive health care and who wouldn’t. Those who opposed the President’s health...

 
 By Dr. Roger Stark    Opinions    November 30, 2010

Accountable Care Organizations:

Buried within the 2,700 pages of the new federal health care law is one of the important mechanisms government officials will use to centrally plan and control our health care system – the accountable care organization (ACO). The law states...

 
 By Roger Stark    Opinions    November 15, 2010

Are “Death Panels” part of health care reform?

One of the most controversial issues during the debate over federal health care reform was the concept of government committees or agencies deciding who would receive health care and who wouldn’t. Those who opposed the President’s health...

 
 By Roger Stark, Md    Opinions    June 28, 2010

After passage, we learn the true cost of federal health care reform

Liberals and conservatives agreed on one thing during the health care debate: the cost of health care in the United States is not sustainable. Last year we spent $2.2 trillion, or 17% of the United States’ gross domestic product (GDP), on health ca...

 
 By Roger Stark Md    Opinions    March 8, 2010

ObamaCare: What happens now?

The much anticipated health care summit was held recently in Washington, D.C. President Obama controlled the microphone and served as moderator, timekeeper, and chief negotiator with the Republicans. It became clear by hour two of the almost seven...