January 8, 2015
Ahhh…2015! The New year always comes with hopes and expectations. And after the November elections, our political hopes loom even larger. Here is what I’m hoping – and will be working for this session at the Capitol.
- Fiscal restraint. Arizona’s budget picture is bleak for sure, but Gov. Ducey’s commitment to grow the economy without dinging taxpayers is something I can get behind. He gets it! [Read more]
August 25, 2014
A STRONG ECONOMY and more…
Government doesn’t create wealth, but it can impede it. Low tax and regulatory environments attract business investment and allow existing businesses to thrive, creating the jobs that provide stable state revenues for education, public safety and infrastructure. Check out my record of promoting policies supporting a prosperous economic future for Arizona. [Read more]
July 28, 2014
Obamacare Costs & Cover-Up – How successful has the law really been? From the Obamacare News Roundup by Jane Orient, M.D.
The AZ Republic asks Sen. Barto and Blue Cross Blue Shield to weigh in on the question, What if the Supreme Court rules Obamacare subsidies can’t be used in federal exchanges? Why the latest court decision challenging the IRS runaround the law may be the greatest threat to the law & the linchpin that drives Congress to open up the law to reforms that Americans need and want – alternatives based on a strategy of Freedom. [Read more]
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]
May 30, 2014
The Department of Child Safety is officially separate from the huge DES bureaucracy it had been part of. That is progress.
The bill is a product of months of work among a diverse group, of which I am honored to have had a part, to create what we all hope will be a new and positive beginning for helping safeguard abused children in the state.
Here are the bill’s main provisions: [Read more]
March 22, 2014
Thanks to HB 2045 – Arizona hospitals and other health professionals must now disclose their cash prices to patients – helping them compare prices when paying out of pocket.
How will transparency impact prices? Read what Forbes’ just wrote about Sen. Barto’s efforts and this link from AFP.
To find out who is complying with the law - Check this list. How is the health care industry responding? With plans for more disclosure.
View press release below:
(Phoenix, State Capitol)—In addition to continuing rising costs of health care, another concern for patients in Arizona is the wildly different costs of the same procedure, depending on where you go for the procedure. Now, a new law is calling attention to these varying costs. [Read more]
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]
June 24, 2013
Many members of the House & Senate argued eloquently against the Governor’s Obamacare Medicaid Expansion plan. Watch American Commitment’s video online here. The following are mine:
Like many of our constituents, today I am extremely disappointed and saddened that our state – the State of Arizona – is willingly imposing this key provision of Obamacare – expansion of government health care – upon its citizens. This after standing as an example to dozens of states that followed our lead in passing health care freedom initiatives guaranteeing citizens’ rights to health care freedom. [Read more]
January 21, 2013
Arizona jumps 9 spots from 2011 ranking in Americans United for Life’s “Life List”
August 28, 2012
“I have an 8-year old in third grade, and she’s doing great,” said an excited African-American mother whose child was a recipient of one of 2,666 education scholarships. “It’s miraculous the way she has changed.” It really wasn’t a miracle – it was opportunity.
When students in failing schools are given better options, guess what? They excel! Just last week, in fact, Brookings Institution researchers’ released a much-anticipated report proving the fact. The study tracked African-American kids in Albany, NY – chosen at random by lottery – from Kindergarten through college. The lucky kids chosen to receive education scholarships to attend a private school were 24% more likely to attend college than those who were not so fortunate. And at less than half the cost! They tracked 2,666 students out of 20,000. Read the study here.
Arizona, unlike New York, continues to expand students’ learning opportunities – especially for kids trapped in failing schools and other at-risk students.
But options alone are not enough! If we expect college-ready high school graduates, we must raise our standards beyond the requirement that students pass a minimum skills 10th grade aims test! Our 200 year old education model is leaving U.S. students in the dust – below the OECD average. Here’s how we’re changing that in Arizona: [Read more]