Arizona Information

Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2017

By James E. Dalen, M.D., M.P.H., Sc.D. (hon) | Arizona Republic, September 26, 2017
Bernie Sanders is introducing a bill that would ensure that all Americans have access to health care. It is called “Medicare for all.” Is this a wild socialist scheme?

Posted on Saturday, July 15, 2017

By Stephanie Innes | Arizona Daily Star, July 15, 2017
Universal health care is far from the plan Republican leaders are proposing, but it’s getting some love in Southern Arizona.

Posted on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

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.

Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2011

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.

Posted on Friday, March 11, 2011

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.

Posted on Friday, October 1, 2010

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.

Posted on Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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.

Contact Information

Arizona Coalition for a State & National Health Program
Website: http://az.pnhp.org

State Legislation

HB 2677 introduced by Minority Leader Phil Lopes (Link)

Media Contacts

Joshua Freeman, M.D.

Dr. Josh Freeman, now based in Tucson, is professor emeritus at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, where he served as the Alice M. Patterson MD and Harold L. Patterson MD Professor and Chair of the department of family medicine from 2002-2016, and was also professor in the departments of preventive medicine and public health and of health policy and management.

Dr. Freeman was a Fulbright Scholar in São Paulo, Brazil in 2003 and served nationally as Treasurer of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the Association of Departments of Family Medicine. He received STFM’s highest honor, the Recognition Award, in 2006. He served as a member of the board of trustees of Roosevelt University in Chicago, as assistant editor of the journal Family Medicine, and also on the board of Southwest Boulevard Family Health Center in Kansas City, KS. He publishes the widely read blog, Medicine and Social Justice, and in 2015 published his book, "Health, Medicine and Justice: Designing a fair and equitable healthcare system."

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

Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009

Joy Slagowski | Daily News-Sun
A health-care expert said Tuesday night there is one way to receive comprehensive medical treatment: Go to jail.

Posted on Monday, September 15, 2008

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.