by Roger Stark
Washington Policy Center
February 26, 2014
Policy Brief
In March 2010, after 14 months of intense debate and with narrow partisan support and substantial bipartisan opposition in Congress, President Obama signed major health care reform legislation into law. This sweeping law empowers the federal government to manage the health care of all Washingtonians, as well as all other Americans. The national health law will affect every person in Washington, but will have specific consequences for various groups. In separate sections, this Policy Brief examines the new law’s impact on businesses, on Medicare and Medicaid recipients, on young adults and on health care providers in Washington State. Already, implementation of the ACA has resulted in the loss of existing health coverage for 290,000 Washingtonians. As implementation continues, the ACA will continue to adversely impact and severely restrict choices for virtually everyone in Washington State.

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