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]

    Abortion Funding in AZ

    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]

    Insurance Competition – the Policy Prescription

    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)

    Allow for voluntary risk pooling with Arizona based “association health plans”.
    Bigger businesses pay 20% less on average than small businesses.  Using ERISA law as the main framework, where already 70% of the commercial insurance market is regulated (including all state and municipal employees, Banner, Blue Cross, United Health Care, Aetna, Vanguard, University Physicians), the law creates the opportunity for businesses to form their own purchasing alliances – and maintain control over the data and decisions. [Read more]

    Shredding the Federal Credit Card

    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]

    Balancing egg donation and infertility treatment

    July 29, 2010

    Young women who Google “egg donation” can find plenty of people interested in them.  In their eggs , that is – if they pass the test.  Buyers often want to know a lot about a woman before creating their own offspring using her eggs including body type, ethnicity and intelligence quotient.    Others are less interested in those particulars.  They simply want eggs.  Lots of eggs. [Read more]

    Palin Highlights Life

    May 14, 2010

    Victory could not have been sweeter for pro-family citizens gathering to support the Center for Arizona Policy recently.  (Watch CAP’s new video – featuring Rep. Nancy Barto).

    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]

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