Expect performance – Get performance!

June 17, 2014

You might have missed the great reading progress made by Arizona students reported in the Arizona Republic.  It wasn’t painted in the most positive terms by its author.  The news that “Fewer than expected fail 3rd-grade reading” should be cause for celebration.  Why wasn’t it? [Read more]

What is Value in Health Care?

June 11, 2014

Value-Based Payments -  Sounds good, but who defines what is valuable?

States can shed light on health care prices - Forbes’ praises Sen. Barto’s efforts improving price transparency in Arizona.

Medicare patients: Beware of ‘observation status’ in hospitals - And yes – this has everything to do with Obamacare and hospital penalties.

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. [Read more]

Disclosure beyond the “Happy-gram”

April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Governor signs bill that could save lives of many Arizona women

(Phoenix, State Capitol)–Governor Jan Brewer has signed SB 1225 into law.  This bill, sponsored by Senator Nancy Barto of Phoenix, would require health care providers to tell women if they have dense breast tissue.  This, according to Senator Barto, will allow women to make the most informed decision possible when screening for breast cancer, and likely save many lives. [Read more]

Is Your Doctor Qualified? Ariz. Medical Board issues

October 24, 2013

As a patient you ASSUME your doctor was properly vetted before he began practicing medicine in Arizona and treating your family.  That may not be the case.  A recently released 192 page Ombudsman investigative report substantiated that the AMB’s Executive Director Lisa Wynn and Deputy Director Amanda Diehl knowingly disregarded 28 licensing rules and statutes resulting in 2,041 physicians’ licenses granted in Arizona over an 18 month period without proper vetting of their credentials – and thousands more renewing their licenses.  Credentials like physicians’ medical education, hospital employment, if they had any disciplinary actions pending and more.

You can thank the whistleblowers.  [Read more]

Why repeal?

August 19, 2013

Why sign the petition to repeal the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion in Arizona?

  • Expanding Medicaid in the states is the largest piece of Obamacare.
  • Qualifying the petition effort puts the new taxes and Medicaid expansion ON HOLD until voters decide in Nov. 2014
  • In last summer’s ruling, the Supreme Court gave states the choice whether to expand Medicaid to the levels the Obamacare law prescribes.  Like every other Republican-controlled state, Arizona should choose not to entrench the harmful law in our state.
  • This expansion will increase abortions in Arizona.   Read how here.
  • This expansion of Government health care benefits the hospitals who stand to make BILLIONS from our tax dollars. [Read more]

They’re trying to say “I love you”

August 28, 2012

…but government RULES keep getting in the way.  State agency rules.

More than 13,000 children await permanent homes in Arizona.  At the same time, willing parents are turned away because they have not immunized their own children - many for medical reasons.   What’s wrong with this picture? [Read more]

Verify the “Jungle Primary” Vote

August 18, 2012

You may have heard of the shenanigans the “Top -2 Primary” ballot initiative would cause if it becomes law in Arizona.   It’s an incumbent protection plan primarily (no pun intended) and virtually guarantees that no third party candidates would ever make it to a general election ballot.  And that’s just the beginning of sorrows.

So why the push now for an Open Primary system in Arizona?  The short answer is, promoters believe the current Legislature is too conservative and this will moderate the candidates.  Will it?  Doubtful. Read Robert Robb’s “Top – 2 Primary: No Magic Pill for Moderation.” [Read more]

Doctor Wrong on Health-Care Law

July 11, 2012

Most Americans would agree with Dr. Leonard Kirschner that the federal  health- care law is not perfect; they’d likely say it’s a disaster (“Health-care  law does good,” Letters, Thursday).

Because insurers were forced to allow individuals under 26 to stay on their  parents’ policies and implement no-exclusions for children with pre-existing  conditions, at least 34 states are no longer offering child-only policies,  leaving many without affordable coverage at all and families with higher  premiums. [Read more]

Obamacare upheld – still bad law

June 28, 2012

Stopping Obamacare is now up to the American people.  The Court’s decision to uphold the mandate forcing Americans to purchase government-approved insurance based on its being a tax is deceptively disappointing - as it was sold to us expressly as NOT being a tax.

It said now the government can tax you for not purchasing something you don’t want!  Even for not buying broccoli?  Read Forbes’ analysis. [Read more]

“Stand up for Religious Freedom” rally press release

June 7, 2012

Arizona legislators to attend “Stand up for Religious Freedom” rally

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX (June 7, 2012) – Tomorrow afternoon, Representative Debbie Lesko (R-Dist 9) will be addressing Arizona advocates of religious liberty to coincide with the this year’s second national Stand up for Religious Freedom Rally. Representative Lesko will be joined by Representative J.D. Mesnard (R-Dist. 21), State Senators Nancy Barto (R-Dist. 7) and Steve Yarbrough (R-Dist 21).

The event will build off of the success enjoyed by the first rally held earlier this year
in which 63,000 Americans in over 145 cities came together to publicly denounce
the regulatory over-reach and usurpation of religious freedom by the Obama Administration.

The rally will be held at noon tomorrow in front of:

Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Building East Plaza

401 W. Washington Street

In reflection of the efforts expended to counter the HHS mandate, Representative Lesko stated, “I am proud how we responded to the threat to our religious liberties posed by the Obama HHS mandate. HB 2625 made its way to the Governor’s desk because of the efforts of legislators such as Representatives Mesnard, Senators Barto, Yarbrough and many others whom recognized the detrimental effects this mandate will have on our religious freedoms.”

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Rey Torres

Arizona House of Representatives

(602) 926-3233

 

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