Anosognosia. Do the Seriously Mentally Ill know it?

January 4, 2016

Anosognosia – “lack of insight” or “lack of awareness” – is believed to be the single largest reason why individuals with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder do not take their medications”.  It frustrates their families  – and is often devastating to the mentally ill.

Once a person is stabilized and released from 24 hour supervision, he/she often does not have enough insight into his/her own condition to recognize the need to stay on the medication – and out of trouble, homeless or in prisonSo they often refuse treatment*, leaving families to fight with the system to get them the care they need.

This is a big problem.   But it isn’t the only problem.  [Read more]

The Politics in Your Tax Bill

September 23, 2015

Recently, Maricopa County Treasurer Hoskins included a political opinion piece letter in our property tax bills at taxpayer expense.  Concerned taxpayers should know that Mr. Hoskins’ editorial is filled with inaccuracies, omissions, and misleading statements concerning Prop. 117 and the specific protections in place for homeowners.  View the discussion here. [Read more]

Obamacare Lives thanks to politically-motivated court

July 7, 2015

Once again, the U.S. Supreme Court has bent over backwards to rule in favor of the Obama administration and keep “Obamacare” alive in Thursday’s decision regarding the latest challenge to the health-care law, King vs. Burwell.  Since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, leaders from around the country have tried to work with the feds to improve and mitigate the law’s impact on their citizens.

Unfortunately, many felt they couldn’t get the improvements they needed and have gone to court over the law, but the sad truth is that the court has regularly and consistently focused on a political agenda rather than following the law. [Read more]

Why we are the ‘Land of the Free’

July 4, 2015

May we all recommit to keeping it that way!  Enjoy this special video. God bless each and every man and woman serving our country, as well as their families.
And may God bless you and yours today – Independence Day.

Does Obamacare need saving?

May 27, 2015

In the next few days the Supreme Court could rule most O-Care subsidies illegal– if King prevails vs. Burwell – making an already worried Democratic party doubly apoplectic, because the world as we know it just might end.

After all 7.7 million Americans who qualified for subsidies may lose them and the chorus will chant the only way forward will be for Republicans to bail them out by having red states (like Arizona) which had rejected  state exchanges to implement one OR for Congress to keep the status quo & save the law.  Hold on!  Let’s remember what patients will GAIN if they don’t. [Read more]

2015 Barto Bills Signed into Law

April 7, 2015

Paying Directly for care is getting even better.

 

Higher insurance premiums, deductibles & co-pays are obviously costing patients more.  Add to that narrow provider networks  – and patients really pay.  But by paying directly market forces come into play and patients can save a bundle – especially now.   [Read more]

Who’s on Welfare?

February 22, 2015

Numbers don’t lie.  The War on Poverty has cost us $22 Trillion so far, and rising.

  • One third of Americans now take “need-based” payments (14% of GDP)
  • Benefit transfers to individuals through social welfare programs have increased from less than one federal dollar in four (24%) in 1963 to almost 3 out of 5 (59%) in 2013
  • In fact, Americans’ fastest growing source of personal income are welfare entitlements.

[Read more]

Great Expectations for 2015

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]

The Recipe for a Prosperous Arizona

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]

How successful has Obamacare really been?

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]

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