Archives: Washington Policy Watch

Finland Doesn’t Leave Survival to the Free Market – We Shouldn’t Either


John Burbank | January 20, 2018

Our state had an important visitor last week. Not a movie mogul, not a billionaire, not a high-tech Amazonian full of hubris. Someone much more important, with a message for building the quality of life for all Washingtonians. Her name is Anu Partanen. Partanen is an American citizen, an author, a researcher,

Trump’s ACA Sabotage May Actually Make Your Health Care Cheaper – 3 Weeks Left to Enroll!

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Carolanne Sanders | November 22, 2017

We’re officially halfway through the Affordable Care Act’s 2017 open enrollment period. If this news comes as a surprise to you, you should know—that was the point. In August, the Trump administration announced plans to shorten this year’s enrollment period from 3 months to 6 weeks and slash its outreach and

ACA Repeal Efforts Are the Wake-Up Call We Need

Members of the 113th Congress bow their heads in prayer as they convene in the Capitol in Washington January 3, 2013. In the wake of bruising fights in their own ranks over the "fiscal cliff" and aid for victims of superstorm Sandy - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives open a new Congress on Thursday more divided than ever.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

Carolanne Sanders | September 25, 2017

Who would have thought that in 2017, we’d still be debating whether access to timely, quality, and affordable health care is a right and its provision a responsibility of the U.S. government? Yet, here we are – the richest nation in the world, where over 28 million people, excluding the elderly, have no healt

New Data Show Affordable Care Act’s Continued Effectiveness in Washington


Matthew Caruchet | September 15, 2017

The number of people in Washington State without health insurance continued to drop in 2016, according to new data released this week by the Census Bureau. In fact, every state has seen a decrease in uninsured rates since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) came into effect. Overall, 94 percent of Washingtonians ha

Reducing Red Tape Also Reduces Health-Care Costs for Consumers

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Economic Opportunity Institute | September 11, 2017

In our recent discussions with health policy experts, we’ve found a common thread – any attempt to make health care more affordable should be accompanied with a strategy to mitigate the red-tape expenses and arbitrary pricing that are passed down to consumers. Administration expenses and arbitrary prescriptio

How We’re Helping the Community Improve Their Health Care

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Economic Opportunity Institute | August 18, 2017

At EOI, we are now six weeks into our health policy work through the Pacific Hospital Preservation and Development Authority grant to develop policies for the preservation and expansion of health coverage at the county and state levels. But we are not doing it alone. We are taking a community-based approach,

EOI Receives Grant to Protect Against Healthcare Cuts

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Economic Opportunity Institute | July 25, 2017

The Pacific Hospital Preservation and Development Authority this month awarded the Economic Opportunity Institute a renewable $100,000 grant to develop policies for the preservation and expansion of health coverage at the county and state levels, and prevent losses from the possible repeal of the Affordable C

Democracy is a participatory process

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Marilyn Watkins | March 16, 2017

Washington’s Legislature is more than halfway through its 2017 session and a lot of good bills have gone to the chopping block. The issues that have made it this far in the process are still alive because individuals and organizations spoke up, identified real life problems, and urged legislators to make the

ACA repeal: millions lose insurance, billionaires get a tax cut

Bill Gates is one of a handful

John Burbank | January 18, 2017

One item has gone nearly unmentioned in the media about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act: it would be a massive tax cut for wealthy Americans. “One of the main ways the ACA makes health insurance affordable is by providing families earning less than 400 percent of the poverty line (i.e., less than $85,00

Repeal of Affordable Care Act will affect more than you might think

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John Burbank | January 11, 2017

This week in our nation’s capital the most prominent advertising was the demand from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to repeal “Obamacare taxes.” Leave it to the voice of big business to defund health care for tens of millions of people in our country. This is the same gang that has exported jobs by the millions

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