By Eve Shapiro, M.D., and Richard Wahl, M.D. | Arizona Daily Star
Medicare, one of our nation’s most valuable and popular social programs, turns 50 on July 30. Medicare is a federal health insurance program that covers 55 million Americans — those over 65 and younger people with permanent disabilities, currently 17 percent of the population.
By Debra Walter, M.D. | Letters, Arizona Daily Star
Re: the June 8 column by David Brooks "Medicare proposals reflect parties' worldviews": While I agree the debate really reflects broad philosophical differences, he is quite mistaken in assuming private insurance plans represent "local control." Blue Cross, United, Aetna and others are just as national and centralized as Medicare; they all have divisional levels of control.
By Tim Gaynor | MSNBC
A pacemaker and defibrillator fitted to carpenter Douglas Gravagna's failing heart makes even rising from the couch of his Phoenix-valley home a battle. But it is not congestive heart failure that is killing him, he says. It is a decision by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to stop funding for some organ transplants as the state struggles to reduce a yawning budget deficit.
By Stephanie Innes | Arizona Daily Star
Arizona voters in November could create their own law to keep the national health-care overhaul at bay when they vote on Proposition 106.
By Paul T. Cheung | Denver Post
To the long list of barriers Latinos face in getting care in this country, the Arizona immigration law adds another. Our health care system works best when chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and asthma are controlled. Had Juan suffered a stroke or heart attack from uncontrolled blood pressure, his medical costs would rise dramatically and ultimately be passed on to the community through taxes and higher insurance premiums. More importantly, Juan likely would have suffered long term health effects impacting the quality of his daily life.
Arizona Coalition for a State & National Health Program
HB 2677 introduced by Minority Leader Phil Lopes (Link)
George Pauk, MD
Dr. Pauk received his medical degree was from the University of Iowa, and postdoctoral training was at Gorgas Hospital in Panama, U. of Iowa, and Harvard Medical School. He resides in Phoenix. His experience includes, research and practice of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, and teaching medical students and nurse practitioners. He has served in positions on the staff of the University of Maine, the National Institutes of Health, and the University of Texas.
Local Unions Endorsing HR676
- National Nurses Organizing Committee — Arizona
- Pima Area Labor Federation, Tucson, AZ
Arizona State News
Joy Slagowski | Daily News-Sun
A health-care expert said Tuesday night there is one way to receive comprehensive medical treatment: Go to jail.
By Phil Lopes and George Pauk | Tucson Citizen
When Arizona voters cast their ballots this November, one of the questions they face is whether to vote yes or no on Proposition 101, the misnamed Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act. They should definitely vote no.