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Pamela Powers Hannley, a progressive voice for Arizona

States’ Rights Leads to Inequities in Healthcare

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This map exemplifies what is wrong with letting states’ rights. State-by-state decisions lead to inequities, discrimination, legal inconsistencies, and redundant bureaucracies.

The map– created by The Advisory Board Company– shows how the states stack up (so far) regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion. How does this patchwork quilt of policies make sense? Why should people in New York get better, more affordable care than people in Texas, Oklahoma, or Mississippi?

Letting states decide who gets medical care is absurd. Tell me again why we don’t have universal healthcare? Oh, I forgot, healthcare is about making money– not keeping people healthly, preventing disease, or reducing unnecessary premature death.

To read the full story about implementation of the Affordable Care Act, go to ObamaCare In Plain English: What It Means For You. It’s a very well written and thorough explanation of what is unfolding.

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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela Powers Hannley

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals--not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election. My platform focuses on economic reforms to grow Arizona's economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, growlocal small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs. I also stand for equal rights, choice, and paycheck fairness for women. I am running as a progressive and running clean.

My day job is managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, an academic medicine journal with a worldwide circulation. In addition, my husband and I co-direct Arizonans for a New Economy, Arizona's public banking initiative. I am a member of the national board of the Public Banking Institute, and I am co-chair of the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party.

I am a published author, photographer, videographer, clay artist, mother, nana, and wife. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a masters in public health from the University of Arizona. I grew up in Amherst, Ohio, but I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1981. I am a proud member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson and the Public Relations Society of America.

My Tucson Progressive blog and Facebook page feature large doses of liberal ideas, local, state, and national politics, and random bits of humor. I also blog at Blog for Arizona and the Huffington Post.

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