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Arizona Proposition Would Ban Affordable Health Insurance Mandate

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

The issue of healthcare reform is very controversial. Proponents admit that while the bill isn’t perfect, one of the most unpopular elements is necessary. Basically, in order to provide affordable health insurance without a public option or a national health service, private health insurers must be induced to accept the more popular regulations (such as accepting people with pre-existing conditions) by guaranteeing them a larger supply of healthy consumers, which is where the individual mandate comes in.

In November, Arizona voters will try to launch a challenge to that provision. Proposition 106 would write a ban against forcing residents to buy health coverage into the state constitution. Tea party groups believe that the Healthcare Freedom Act will inspire conservative voters to head to the polls, voting for Republican candidates at the same time. A similar proposition narrowly failed in 2008.

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Yet Another Affordable Health Insurance Reform Lawsuit

Saturday, August 14th, 2010
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This time, a conservative group from Arizona is suing the Obama administration over healthcare reform. The Goldwater Institute, which filed the lawsuit, believes that while the issue of increasing access to affordable health insurance is important, the federal law is too heavy-handed.

They are representing a variety of interests, including Republican politicians on both state and local levels, as well as a small business owner. In addition to the belief that they will be forced to purchase a health insurance plan they don’t want (when, in their view, the Constitution delegates health care policy decisions to the states), the plaintiffs also fear that the legislation violates privacy rights.

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Arizona Immigration Law Puts Doctors In A Bind

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

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According to the Hippocratic Oath, doctors are tasked with treating all patients to the best of their ability, regardless of who they are–or their immigration status. Meanwhile, Arizona recently passed a controversial law that states, among other things, that anybody suspected of harboring an illegal immigrant can be charged a fine.

Some physicians are worried that this will affect their practice, adding yet another bureaucratic worry on top of dealing with health insurance providers and reimbursement. They speculate that they may be required to ask for passports before treating patients.

Moreover, it may shoot a hole through the trust essential to the doctor-patient relationship, because it interferes with confidentiality. Some health conditions may be related to living or working conditions related to being undocumented, but which patients will never reveal for fear of being deported. Illegal immigrants are already forbidden from participating in Arizona health insurance exchanges, or those from any other state. As a result, they may pay for treatment through cash or other means.

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Arizona Joins The Healthcare Reform Lawsuit Bandwagon

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

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Now there are 16. That’s the number of states involved in a lawsuit which contends that the individual health insurance mandate included in federal healthcare reform legislation is unconstitutional.

Arizona is the latest addition. In order to avoid what a handful of other governors have dealt with–uncooperative state attorney generals that refuse to file what they believe is a frivolous lawsuit–Republican Governor Jan Brewer recently signed a bill that allows her to circumvent the normal requirement that the AG files the suit. She believes that penalizing people who refuse to buy a health insurance plan oversteps Congress’ power.

In addition to the Democratic attorney generals’ doubts about the lawsuit’s merits, they also fear that it will be costly to the taxpayers at a time when the state can’t afford it. However, Gov. Brewer claims that Arizona’s portion of the expense will be less than $5,000.

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