Roger Stark, MD

Roger Stark, MD is director of the Center for Health Care at the Washington Policy Center  in Seattle.

Health Care Heads Into November


It is no surprise that health care reform is a major campaign issue for all Americans this year. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that health care is the most important issue that voters want candidates to discuss this fall. Last year health care expenses consumed 18 percent of the U.S. economy, or $3.2 […]

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Opioid Crisis Is Not Caused by Legal Prescription Drugs


Over the past few years, the number of deaths in the United States related to opioid abuse has increased dramatically. Yet for decades the government has been ineffective at solving the illegal drug problem. In 1969, President Richard Nixon declared that drug abuse was “a serious national threat.” He followed this in 1971 with the […]

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Single Payer Healthcare Seattle

A Reminder: Single-Payer Health Care Hasn’t Gone Away


Advocates for socialized medicine in the United States have actively campaigned for a government-run system since the beginning of the twentieth century. Theodore Roosevelt ran for president on a platform that included universal health care. Franklin Roosevelt included government-run medicine in his New Deal social program, but withdrew it because it was unpopular and jeopardized […]

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