What if you were diagnosed ‘terminal’?

May 30, 2014

Wouldn’t you want the option to try an experimental drug that might save or extend your life?

That option may be up to YOU, the Arizona voter.   This session, after learning what terminal patients go through to even be considered for a clinical trial to test  drugs in the FDA pipeline, the Arizona Legislature passed HCR 2005 , also known as the Terminal Patients Right-to-Try Act.  The measure allows patients diagnosed as terminal greater access to potentially life-saving drugs that have not completed final FDA approval.  The approval we’re talking about are drugs or therapies that have passed Stage 1, which means the drug won’t cause further harm to the patient, but the efficacy and side effects haven’t been fully vetted.  [Read more]

Preventing a “Gosnell” in Arizona

April 13, 2014

I can describe in one word why HB 2284 – the Women’s Health Protection Act – is needed in Arizona:  Gosnell.

If you recall, police found shocking evidence of inhuman activities going on behind the scenes in that Pennsylvania house of horrors including infanticide, incredibly disturbing health hazards such as prolific blood spatters, baby body parts in jars in refrigerators & cat urine stench.  The Gosnell trial also revealed that minors and untrained and unlicensed staffers had been assisting in the abortions.  All of this went on for decades due to a lack of oversight - including inspections.

In Arizona, abortion clinics are the only health care institutions exempt from unannounced health inspections.   But do we have reason to believe there are problems?  YES – absolutely yes.  Here are two:   [Read more]

Obamacare News & Comment

October 24, 2013

The short unhappy life of ObamaCare - High rates a problem?  Solution: federal bailouts! Who knew?

Health insurers expected to raise rates for next year - AZ’s Dept. of Ins must release the rest of the rate requests by month’s end.

The White House’s 5 most egregiously unilateral changes to O-care - With a pen and a phone, who needs Congress?

Health Care is our other Afghanistan - As Repubs suggest privatizing VA, Obama regrets we’re not all in a VA-like system.

Consumer choice can help keep health-care costs down - Dr. Singer makes it so simple even a 3rd grader can get it.

How VA Hospitals are a Government-run disaster - Promising care is not the same as delivering it.

Rand Comes Clean: Exchanges only enrolled 1.4 million previously uninsured - Yep.  Read the real numbers. [Read more]

The Missing Tile

July 26, 2013

Are you prone to zero in on what’s wrong in life - even when most of the important things are going right?

In his book, “Happiness is a Serious Problem“, conservative talk host Dennis Prager describes it as ‘The Missing Tile Syndome’ in which, for example, despite having a beautifully appointed living room - furnished from end to end with loveliness – even a beautifully tiled ceiling, the homeowner constantly frets over the one flaw his eyes are drawn to every time he enters the room:  a missing ceiling tile. [Read more]

“Prolife All-Star”: Arizona Ranked 5th Most Prolife State in the Nation

January 21, 2013

  Arizona jumps 9 spots from 2011 ranking in Americans United for Life’s “Life List”

PHOENIX – Life is good in Arizona – and protected – according to a report released today, which ranks Arizona the fifth most prolife state in the nation.
The national prolife organization Americans United for Life (AUL) moved Arizona up into the top five, nine spots higher than its ranking from 2011. AUL also dubbed Arizona its “2013 Prolife All-Star.”
In their report, AUL cites legislation drafted and supported by Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) as the rationale for the improved ranking.

Can you visualize a Trillion?

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]

Whose Mandating Whom?

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]

‘Wrongful Birth’ lawsuits simply wrong

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]

AZ Legislators at NCSL

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.

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:

  • Representative David Clark, Utah;
  • Senator Judy Lee, North Dakota;
  • Senator Nancy Barto, Arizona
  • Senator Betty Boyd, Colorado
  • Read ABC 15 press.

    E-health records – help or harm?

    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.

    But will it?  The e-system did not help baby Genesis Burkett of Chicago.  It led to her untimely death.  [Read more]

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