Tucson Progressive

Pamela Powers, 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 J. Powers

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 focused on economic reforms to grow Arizona’s economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, grow local small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs.

In the Arizona House, I was a strong voice for fiscal responsibility a moratorium on corporate tax breaks until the schools were fully funded, increased cash assistance to the poor, expansion of maternal healthcare benefits, equal rights, choice, unions, education at all levels and protecting our water supply.

After three terms, I retired from the Arizona Legislature in January 2023 but will continue to blog and produce my podcast “A View from the Left Side.”

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