Why Congress’ Healthcare Bill is Bad for Arizona

December 20, 2009

Congress’ Healthcare “Reform” bill is a mere handful of votes shy of passage. Far from achieving the objectives of providing healthcare to all Americans and lowering costs, Arizona citizens can count on these outcomes instead:

Fundamental changes in the standard of care.  While more people may technically be “covered”, over-utilization of services will lead to longer waits for health care and inevitable rationing of care.  Not to worry, though.  The bill plans for this.   A 15 member health commission, much like those in countries with similar nationalized healthcare, will have extraordinary powers to dictate what is covered, for whom and how it will be paid for. [Read more]

Healthcare Myths, Facts & Gimmicks

November 21, 2009

Cutting Deals.      Sen. Reid added $100,000 in aid for Louisiana’s Medicaid insurance program to secure Sen. Mary Landrieu’s support and struck a deal with Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden to increase eligibility to purchase from the exchanges by a million.

Who is the AMA speaking for?          Only 17% of physicians are members of their national or state Medical Associations.  Why AARP?… Follow the Money.  With $400 billion slashed from Medicare and Medicare Advantage, one wonders – turns out more than 1/2 of its $1.1 billion budget comes from royalty revenues from Medigap insurance.  Read Oct. 27th Article:      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/26/AR2009102603392_pf.html.

Support/opposition in Silos.       The hospitals are unhappy with the deal because of penalties included that will punish them for readmitting patients too often.  Insurance companies are unhappy because the individual mandate to purchase insurance doesn’t penalize people enough to make it work.  Pharmaceutical companies are in support in exchange for non-competitive price guarantees.  Is anyone thinking about the patient? 

More than Taxes.         The Senate bill will not only tax medical devices (wheelchairs, etc.) but register them.  [Read more]

Healthcare Amendments that DIDN’T Make It

October 26, 2009

What are Congress’ real healthcare reform goals?    A quick read of the ideas that were rejected – tell the whole story.  Nearly seventy (70) amendments proposed by Republican members in the three House Committees considering HR 3200, were rejected. Here are just a few of them – all rejected on party line votes.  Topping the list is:

Preserving Private-Sector Health Care – rejected 25/15- Con. Ryan (R-WI) [Read more]

Following the Crowd

September 7, 2009

Going along with the crowd is not usually advice we recommend our children follow, but joining the ranks of “We the People”, Phoenix’s  Project 9-12 Tea Party event, is definitely different.    After all, our children need to learn that standing up for Liberty in America is worth ditching Saturday cartoons for – maybe mowing the lawn, too. [Read more]

New Pro-life laws protect women

August 10, 2009

The high point for me this session was Governor Brewer’s signature on the most significant pro-life legislation in Arizona history after years of seeing these efforts pass the legislature year after year only to meet the former governor’s veto stamp. 

After speaking at the Arizona Women Lawyers Association last week on the Abortion Consent Act, it is clear there are questions about what these changes will mean – and how they will benefit women, parents and medical professionals:  [Read more]

How Much is a Trillion?

August 3, 2009

I loved Stephen Moore’s recent description of a trillion dollars:  If LeBron James’ goal was to make a trillion $ playing basketball (okay, including endorsements), how many seasons do you think he would have to play at $40 million a year?  [Read more]

Health Care or a Waiting List

June 9, 2009

The hottest national domestic political issue is certainly the health care reform debate.  It’s going on right now in Congress and the President has said he wants a bill on his desk by October at the latest.

There are many unknowns about what will emerge and some Arizona Legislators argue that we should not even consider legislation protecting patients’ rights until after we see definitive action from Congress.

I couldn’t disagree more.  The ideas being seriously considered only lead to one conclusion:  Government-controlled healthcare.  [Read more]

Following Lincoln’s Lead

May 2, 2009

Did you know….Arizona Pastors and about 100 others gathered Thursday, April 30, in the old Senate Chambers of the Capitol to contemplate Pres. Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation Appointing a Prayer and Fast Day – and prayed for Arizona and the nation.

Before Len Munsil read the brief, but profound document, Guy Chadwick of Arizona Call to Prayer, one of the sponsors of the event along with Bridgebuilders Intl., reminded the group that Lincoln called for a day of prayer and fasting 146 years ago when our nation was deeply divided, not unlike today, and in the very middle of the American Civil War.  [Read more]

“Jesse’s Law” Advances in House

May 2, 2009

Life protections for incapacitated persons are closer to passage after HB 2616 passed a preliminary floor vote this week in the House.  When passed, judges will have clearer standards by which to make life and death determinations when there is a dispute and no advanced directive – here is the genesis of the bill: [Read more]

Abortion Consent Act

March 17, 2009

HB 2564-the Abortion Consent Act – passed out of the House HHS Committee 5-0 with nary a dissent.  Several committee members of the committee, in fact, left the scene during the bill deliberations.

Even Planned Parenthood and NARAL, predictably opposed to the bill, did not speak against it in committee – even while facilitating hundreds of stock e-mails to Legislators’ inboxes – spreading all manner of misinformation. Interestingly, not one of the e-mail senders testified in committee.

They simply cannot refute the facts… [Read more]

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