AZ Healthcare Freedom Act on way to Ballot

June 23, 2009 by  

NEWS RELEASE

 

ARIZONA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE

 1700 West Washington l Phoenix, Arizona l 85007-2844

PHONE:  (602) 926-3233  l FAX: (602) 417-3043

Rep. Nancy Barto, Health and Human Services Chair (Dist. 7)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              

CONTACT: Becky Blackburn/602-926-3233

Arizona Healthcare Freedom Act on way to ballot

HCR2014 to go to Voters in November 2010

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX (June 22, 2009) – Today by a vote of 18-11, the Arizona Senate passed HCR2014: The Healthcare Freedom Act, which will refer a constitutional amendment to ballot to prevent citizens from being compelled to join a government-run healthcare system. The measure will also guarantee the right to purchase private health insurance.

Rep. Nancy Barto (R-Dist. 7), the sponsor of the measure, told House committee members that a constitutional amendment is necessary to protect Arizona citizens from federal reforms that could force residents to enroll in a government-run health care system or risk losing coverage.

“HCR2014 is proactive and will protect patients’ fundamental rights,” the Phoenix Republican said. “We are a front-line battle state to stop the momentum of this powerful government takeover of your health care decisions. Healthcare by lobbyists thwarts your rights and can be stopped here,” she added.

The Healthcare Freedom Act, which will go to the ballot in November 2010, is aimed at proposals being weighed in Washington requiring all employers to purchase coverage for their workers and that all individuals must have health insurance. There is also discussion about creating a government-run insurance company that would compete with private insurers.

Barto said she fears creation of “a federal healthcare rationing board will head us down the path to a one-size-fits-all system where a government bureaucrat will have ultimate authority to decide what care any one of us can receive,” Barto explained and added, “We are a front-line battle state to stop the momentum of this powerful government takeover of your health care decisions.”

“Access to a waiting list is not access to health care. Arizona’s diverse uninsured population deserves a diverse set of solutions. If some bureaucrat puts himself between you and your doctor, denying you the healthcare you need, that impedes access to health care. The Healthcare Freedom Act, if passed, protects the right to purchase health care outside of a government system,” Barto said.

“We need real solutions to the soaring cost of health care. What Americans are looking for in healthcare is more access to more treatments and more doctors with less interference from insurance companies and Washington politicians. A centralized healthcare system will not deliver that. And protecting patient choice is fundamental to achieving real reform.”

For more information on HCR2014: http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/49leg/1r/summary/s.hcr2014health.doc.htm

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BECKY BLACKBURN

Communications Director

House of Representatives

1700 W. Washington, Second Floor

Phoenix, AZ 85007

(602) 926-3233 (Direct Line)

bblackburn@azleg.gov

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