State of Arizona Archives: on Health Care


Fred DuVal: Expand Medicaid to 133% of the federal poverty level

Q: The biggest fight at the Legislature right now is the expansion of the Medicaid system to 133% of the federal poverty level. Gov. Jan Brewer is fighting her own party on this one, with Republican lawmakers reluctant to go along even though the state would receive billions of dollars from the federal government. Do you think Gov. Brewer is doing the right thing?

A: I do. And for me, this is deja vu all over again. This is a repeat of the debate I was a principle player in when we first created AHCCCS (Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, or the state's version of Medicaid). In that case, it was a Democratic governor, but the point is, there were pockets of resistance among the conservative ideologues who resisted what was, to most centrist, thoughtful people, a compelling economic development case, to say nothing of a compelling moral case. And I think that in the end, the overwhelming economic case and moral case for moving forward on this will carry the day for the governor.

Source: Tucson Weekly Q&A on 2014 Arizona gubernatorial race Apr 25, 2013

Richard Carmona: Repealing ObamaCare means public pays for the uninsured

Flake said, "I will vote to repeal the president's health-care plan, my opponent will not."

Repealing the plan would only put the burden on the people as the general public would pick up the insurance costs for the uninsured, Carmona said. "There are good things in the plan, but it needs a better business plan," he added.

Source: Yuma Sun on 2012 Arizona "Rural Issues" Senate debate Oct 25, 2012

Richard Carmona: Would not have voted for ObamaCare

Carmona said he wouldn't have voted for President Obama's healthcare reform law, although he has previously expressed support for the law and called its passage "brave."

Flake attempted from the start of the race to tie Carmona to Obama particularly and Democratic policies in general. And it's a fight Flake continued [in this debate], arguing that Carmona's positions, ranging from earmarks to healthcare, reflected the position of the Obama administration.

Source: The Hill coverage of 2012 Arizona Senate debates Oct 10, 2012

Richard Carmona: Eliminate waste, fraud, & abuse--then prevention

Carmona asserted that both parties were wrong on healthcare because they hadn't addressed the main drivers of cost. In the short term, he suggested eliminating waste, fraud and abuse from the system, and, in the long term, he said there would need to be a focus on preventive care. "The public can't get [an insurance] card anymore and just do what they want to do--smoke, drink excessively, don't wear a seat belt, don't wear a helmet," he said.
Source: The Hill coverage of 2012 Arizona Senate debates Oct 10, 2012

David Ruben: Stop restricting how doctors can prescribe pain medication

Ruben practices psychiatry & pain management. He told the crowd that he was at the forefront of the fight to change state laws that restrict how doctors can prescribe pain medication.

Ruben called the new federal health care law a "wonderful thing and a great accomplishment of the Obama administration." He advocated for a health care system that would create incentives for people to take care of themselves as well as provide them with the medical coverage they needed.

Source: Kingman Daily Miner on 2012 Arizona Senate debate May 24, 2012

Richard Carmona: Helped open the first trauma center in southern Arizona

Carmona grew up in Harlem, dropped out of high school, joined the Green Berets and served in Vietnam, where he became a battlefield medic. He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco's medical school. He was recruited by the University of Arizona to help open the first trauma center in southern Arizona. While serving as chief of staff at the medical center, Carmona was also a reserve deputy and a commander of the county SWAT team.
Source: Kingman Daily Miner on 2012 Arizona Senate debate May 24, 2012

Richard Carmona: Indignity of being poor patient in hospital sensitizes me

"You know, having walked in those shoes of being hungry and being homeless--the indignities of not getting health care, or waiting in the public hospital, hoping somebody will care for you; going to sleep with a toothache because you can't go to the dentist," he said. "I think it was, in retrospect, almost a gift of experience to me that sensitized me to the complexity of the world that we inherit today."
Source: Washington Post coverage of 2012 Arizona Senate debate May 3, 2012

Jeff Flake: ObamaCare is a heavy anchor to drag around

Q: What are going to be the big issues in the race come November?

A: Obamacare. That's going to be big. For any supporter of Obamacare, that's a heavy anchor to drag around. A really heavy anchor. But then, just overall, debt and deficit; spending; and taxes and regulation. For Richard Carmona, having the president's support, that's nothing I would want to tout very loudly. I would welcome the president to come here and campaign with my opponent.

Source: Washington Post "Ten Questions" 2012 Arizona Senate debate May 2, 2012

Richard Carmona: Preserve Medicare benefits, but modernize it

Proposals that would end Medicare as we know it while driving up costs for seniors and cutting benefits are neither wise nor realistic. Medicare is a vital program that provides critical health care for a significant portion of our population, including those that are among our most vulnerable. We should do all we can to preserve benefits, while cutting waste and fraud from the program, modernize medical records to save money, and work to lower overall health care costs.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, carmonaforarizona.com Mar 15, 2012

Newt Gingrich: Government healthcare looks into abyss & moves to tyranny

Q: Speaker Gingrich has said during your tenure as governor, you required Catholic hospitals to provide emergency contraception to rape victims. Did you?

ROMNEY: No, absolutely not. That was entirely voluntary on their part.

GINGRICH: Well, the reports were that the public health department was prepared to give a waiver to Catholic hospitals about a morning-after abortion pill, and that the governor's office issued explicit instructions saying that they believed it wasn't possible under Massachusetts law. When you have government as the central provider of services, you inevitably move towards tyranny. You inevitably--and this is true whether it's RomneyCare or ObamaCare or any other government centralized system--you inevitably move towards the coercion of the state, & the state saying, "If you don't do what we, the politicians, have defined, you will be punished." That's why we are at an enormous crossroads in this country. We're now looking at an abyss that forces you to change.

Source: CNN's 2012 GOP Debate on eve of Arizona Primary Feb 22, 2012

Phil Gordon: Mayor Gordon to work for growing healthcare organization

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon is taking a job with a major healthcare organization that has offices in Arizona and other areas of the Southwest. Gordon, whose term ends in December, has not responded to phone calls seeking comment, but several sources say th post is linked to a new biotechnology and information healthcare organization which has opened offices in Phoenix and in California. Gordon's aides and representatives for the organization say they will release further details [later].
Source: Arizona's Home Page, AzCentral.com, "Gordon healthcare" Nov 16, 2011

John McCain: Repeal and replace the massive federal health-care law

But in the end, McCain said the election is about a choice. While he said he'll fight to repeal and replace the massive federal health-care law and rein in pork-barrel spending, he predicted Glassman would push for another big-spending stimulus package, protect the unpopular health-care law and support the "corrupt practice of earmarks."

"He's clearly out of step with Arizona and with the people of this state," McCain said.

Source: Arizona Daily Star coverage of 2010 Arizona Senate debate Sep 27, 2010

Jan Brewer: We don't want federal help; sue to remain independent

I met recently with members of Arizona's federal delegation and asked them to defeat a costly expansion of federal health care mandates on our state. Already, federal mandates on health care cost nearly $ 2 billion a year. Folks, that's money we simply don't have.

On top of that, Washington's alleged solution will cost Arizona another half billion dollars every year. Only in Washington can they look upon massive federal entitlement programs bleeding red ink--and propose an even bigger new entitlement program.

The President and the Congress tell us they are going to help by reducing costs. In reality, what they are doing is eliminating freedom for our citizens, dictating the policies they must buy for their families, and forcing our employers and the state to pick up the tab.

We don't need that kind of help. At last count, 14 Attorneys General, Republican and Democrat are investigating this legislation for violating the 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Source: Arizona 2010 State of the State Address Jan 11, 2010

Janet Napolitano: Expanded access to KidsCare and AHCCCS

In these difficult times, we are called to serve the Arizona families hit hardest by the economic storm. In the past year, more than 70,000 Arizonans have enrolled in state health care through AHCCCS and KidsCare. It would be wrong to hurt those who are ill or disabled in the name of balancing the budget.

One imperative is to protect our advances in health care, including expanded access to KidsCare for families that need it, investments in health care technology to improve the delivery of care and substantial savings on prescription drugs. Some fear that little can be done right now about these pressing problems; but Congress is likely to increase aid for state Medicaid programs. And when this happens, Arizona can continue its work to improve health care by enacting quality-of-care measures, building our electronic health records infrastructure and implementing other reforms necessary to ensure that every Arizona family has access to a doctor when they need one.

Source: Arizona 2009 State of the State Address Jan 12, 2009

Ann Kirkpatrick: Work toward access to quality affordable health care for all

We need to work to make sure every American has access to quality, affordable health care. While we move towards that goal, we need to take three steps immediately: prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage or charging higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions, make sure every child in this country can see a doctor by expanding S-CHIP, and allow the government to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices for Medicare just as the V.A. does.
Source: 2008 House campaign website, kirkpatrickforarizona.com Nov 4, 2008

George W. Bush: Kerryís health care plan is an empty promise

KERRY: Bush has turned his back on the wellness of America. And there is no system. In fact, itís starting to fall apart not because of lawsuits, though they are a problem and John Edwards and I are committed to fixing them, but because of the larger issue that we donít cover Americans. Children across our country donít have health care. Weíre the richest country on the face of the planet, the only industrialized nation in the world not to do it. I have a plan to cover all Americans. Weíre going to make it affordable and accessible, and let everybody buy into the same health care plan senators and congressmen give themselves.

BUSH: A plan is not a litany of complaints and not to lay out programs that you canít pay for. The same plan that senators and congressmen get costs the government $7,700 per family. If every family in America signed up like the senator suggested it would cost us $5 trillion over 10 years. Itís an empty promise. Itís called bait and switch.

Source: [Xref Kerry] Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

George W. Bush: I havenít gotten a flu shot, and I donít intend to

Q: Suddenly we find ourselves with a severe shortage of flu vaccine. How did that happen?

BUSH: We relied upon a company out of England to provide about half of the flu vaccines for US citizens, and it turned out that the vaccine they were producing was contaminated. And so we took the right action and didnít allow contaminated medicine into our country. Weíre working with Canada to help us [get the] vaccines necessary. My call to our fellow Americans is if youíre healthy, if youíre younger, donít get a flu shot this year. Help us prioritize those who need to get the flu shot, the elderly and the young. I havenít gotten a flu shot, and I donít intend to because I want to make sure those who are most vulnerable get treated.

KERRY: This really underscores the problem with the American health-care system. Itís not working for the American family. And itís gotten worse under President Bush over the course of the last years.

Source: Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

George W. Bush: Flu vaccine shortage from litigation worries

Q: What should be done about the severe shortage of flu vaccine?

A: Weíre working with Canada to help us [get] the vaccine necessary to make sure our citizens have got flu vaccinations during this upcoming season. If youíre healthy, if youíre younger, donít get a flu shot this year. Help us prioritize those who need to get the flu shot, the elderly and the young. We have a problem with litigation in the US. Vaccine manufacturers are worried about getting sued and so therefore they have backed off from providing this kind of vaccine. One of the reasons Iím such a strong believer in legal reform is so that people arenít afraid of producing a product that is necessary for the health of our citizens and then end up getting sued in a court of law.

Source: Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

John Kerry: Flu vaccine failure means system is failing US families

Q: Suddenly we find ourselves with a severe shortage of flu vaccine. How did that happen?

BUSH: We relied upon a company out of England to provide about half of the flu vaccines for US citizens, and it turned out that the vaccine they were producing was contaminated. And so we took the right action and didnít allow contaminated medicine into our country. Weíre working with Canada to help us [get the] vaccines necessary. My call to our fellow Americans is if youíre healthy, if youíre younger, donít get a flu shot this year. Help us prioritize those who need to get the flu shot, the elderly and the young. I havenít gotten a flu shot, and I donít intend to because I want to make sure those who are most vulnerable get treated.

KERRY: This really underscores the problem with the American health-care system. Itís not working for the American family. And itís gotten worse under President Bush over the course of the last years.

Source: [Xref Bush] Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

John Kerry: Health care plan is not an empty promise and provide choice

My health care planís not an empty promise. Bush used that very plan as a reason for seniors to accept his prescription drug plan. He said, if itís good enough for their congressmen and senators to have choice, seniors ought to have choice. What we do is we have choice. I choose Blue Cross/Blue Shield; others choose other programs. But the fact is weíre going to help Americans be able to buy into it. Those that can afford it are going to buy in themselves. Weíre not giving this away for nothing.
Source: Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

John Kerry: Bush has turned his back on the wellness of America

KERRY: Bush has turned his back on the wellness of America. And there is no system. In fact, itís starting to fall apart not because of lawsuits, though they are a problem and John Edwards and I are committed to fixing them, but because of the larger issue that we donít cover Americans. Children across our country donít have health care. Weíre the richest country on the face of the planet, the only industrialized nation in the world not to do it. I have a plan to cover all Americans. Weíre going to make it affordable and accessible, and let everybody buy into the same health care plan senators and congressmen give themselves.

BUSH: A plan is not a litany of complaints and not to lay out programs that you canít pay for. The same plan that senators and congressmen get costs the government $7,700 per family. If every family in America signed up like the senator suggested it would cost us $5 trillion over 10 years. Itís an empty promise. Itís called bait and switch.

Source: Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

Janet Napolitano: Better health care policies for seniors

I want to start with my efforts to help seniors combat prescription drug prices. My administration built a prescription discount program that takes advantage of the purchasing power of Arizonaís large senior population. Beginning today, all Medicare- eligible Arizonans will receive a CoppeRx-Card for prescription drug discounts. The card is free, easy to understand, and carries more substantial discounts. It does more to help Medicare-eligible seniors than any other state discount card in America.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to Arizona Legislature Jan 12, 2004

Janet Napolitano: Ensure children are immunized & screened for health problems

I have asked the Arizona School Readiness Board to develop a plan to ensure that all children are screened for health problems prior to entering preschool and kindergarten, so that hearing, vision and developmental issues can be identified early on. We also need to increase the number of children getting basic immunization. One in four Arizona children has not been immunized by age 2, which increases their rate of illness, and even mortality.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to Arizona Legislature Jan 12, 2004

Jane Dee Hull: Supports Kidscare; publicize it via schools

[My first priority] is Kidscare. Today, three years after legislative approval, 94,000 children who previously had no healthcare coverage are receiving the care they need. We still havenít reached as many children as we should.

The most effective ways to tell parents about programs like Kidscare are through word of mouth, the schools, and the media. Unfortunately, Arizona law restricts using the schools to reach eligible children. I think itís time to use every resource, including our schools.

Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Arizona legislature Jan 8, 2001

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