September 29, 2012
Millions…..Billions……Trillions – what’s the big diff?
It’s difficult to fathom, but a trillion is a one with 12 zeroes (1,000,000,000,000). Not helping? How about this comparison? 1 million seconds is 12 days; one billion seconds is 31 years; and one trillion seconds: 31,688 years.
Want more? Try this visual.
Now remember the U.S. BORROWS .40 of every Federal dollar it spends! Is it any wonder we are $16 Trillion in debt and falling further behind every day. How to dig out? [Read more]
April 10, 2012
HB 2625 is ground zero in the battle for religious liberty in Arizona - pushing back against the Obamacare mandate forcing employers to provide contraceptives even if it violates their religious beliefs. HB 2625 exempts religiously affiliated organizations from the insurance mandate.
Liberal Democrats and Planned Parenthood claim it wages “war on women” and makes Arizona the most hostile state in the nation for reproductive rights. Really?
While the hyperbole may drive their fundraising efforts, it not only denies the source of the controversy but distorts the bill itself. [Read more]
March 18, 2012
Liberal bloggers from around the country caused needless hysteria over my sponsorship of Arizona’s SB 1359, wrongful birth; wrongful life tort reform, claiming it gives doctors license to lie to their patients. It doesn’t. That would be wrong.
The measure, signed into law by Governor Brewer, will protect physicians who have done nothing wrong from predatory lawsuits in cases where patients sue their doctors, arguing they would have aborted their child if the doctor had correctly diagnosed a birth defect or fetal anomaly while their baby was in utero. But ask yourself:
- Why should physicians who have done everything “by the book” – except know the unknowable – remain in legal crosshairs?
- Is life with a disability not a life worth living?
Wrongful life/wrongful birth lawsuits implicitly endorse the view that the life of a disabled child is worth less than the life of a healthy child. [Read more]
August 20, 2011
Arizona Legislators, including Sen. Majority Leader Andy Biggs, Sen. Rich Crandall, Speaker Andy Tobin, Sr. and Sen. Nancy Barto, addressed their peers from all 50 states during the National Conference of State Legislatures’ annual meeting in San Antonio in August. They participated in sessions on health reform, the changing role of state government and leadership during tough times.
- In a session called, “States Opting-Out: Health Reform Challenges, Waivers and Alternatives”, Barto shared how Arizona protected citizens’ Health Care Freedoms and is working for free market reforms such as Interstate Health Insurance and Health Care Compacts to lower health care costs while returning health care decisions to individuals and the states.
The session began with lawsuit updates from Bill McCollum, former Florida Attorney General and Elizabeth Weeks Leonard, Associate Professor of Law, University of Georgia followed by state updates by:
Read ABC 15 press.
July 15, 2011
Like everything else, your medical records are going viral.
To hasten the move from paper to electronic systems, the Federal Stimulus bill earmarked $23 billion in incentive payments to health care providers.
Payments are flowing to qualified health care providers - hoping paperless systems will bring cost efficiencies to the health care system and help doctors improve patient outcomes.
April 10, 2011
The courts have said time and time again that a woman’s legal right to choose an abortion does not demand that taxpayers pay for it. SB 1265/HB 2384 is not about whether or not abortion should be legal – it will not prohibit one abortion.
What this bill will do is put us in solidarity with the 240 United State Congressmen who voted just a few weeks ago to protect our federal tax dollars from subsidizing the abortion industry.
As Congressman Mike Pence said on the House Floor, “Nobody is saying that Planned Parenthood can’t be the leading advocate of abortion on demand in America…but why do I have to pay for it?” [Read more]
February 13, 2011
State insurance laws have created significant barriers to competition in the health insurance market. These 4 bills, if passed, will level the playing field and allow families and businesses health insurance options and transparency.
SB 1590 - Pooling by Choice (held this session)
February 13, 2011
The U.S. federal debt is now more than 100% of our national GDP (Gross Domestic Product) – over $15 trillion and rising. That translates to $45,000 of debt for every man, woman and child in the U.S. or $126,000 per taxpaying citizen.
Because they are unwilling to address the elephant in the living room, the states must force Congress to resolve America’s immoral debt crisis - the issue that is threatening America’s economic future.
How can the states act ? Our founders wisely foresaw the need to write Article V into the U.S. Constitution - an amendments process by which the states may balance the power between Congress and the states if and when their government goes astray. [Read more]
May 14, 2010
The evening event featured Governor Sarah Palin, who drew a crowd of 1600. Palin’s inspiring story served to magnify one of the many victories realized this session for Arizona families and supporters of The Center for Arizona Policy when Governor Jan Brewer, who attended the event, signed into law one of the most significant pro-life bills of the session – SB 1305. [Read more]
May 14, 2010