Healthcare Freedom

Healthcare decisions are intensely personal, and everyone deserves the right to make their own healthcare decisions and from what type of healthcare coverage they purchase to what medications they take. Health reform that works must be focused on expanding choices including allowing individuals to purchase insurance across state lines, to opt for an alternative to traditional health insurance, and to allow individual patients to access promising medications.

The problems in healthcare are not a result of too little government, but too much government. Rather than mandating one-size fits all coverage, the focus should be on increasing the choices available to individuals.

When the topic is protecting liberty and the headline reads, “Even in Illinois but not in Arizona,” we’re in trouble. Indeed, while even the Democrat-controlled legislature in President Obama’s adopted home state of Illinois said no to establishing an insurance exchange to facilitate the federal health care law, Arizona is moving full steam ahead with its exchange and is using more than $30 million in federal tax dollars to do so.

The radio show Main Street Out Loud led a discussion on the federal health care law and the Independent Payment Advisory Board. Host Rudi K. was joined by Diane Cohen, senior attorney for the Goldwater Institute; Dr. Byron Schlomach, Director of the Center for Economic Prosperity at the Goldwater Institute; and Dr. John Ammon, Medical Director and President of Docs 4 Patient Care (Arizona Chapter).

As the Supreme Court considers President Obama’s healthcare law this week, Goldwater Institute Senior Attorney Diane Cohen is your guide to the proceedings. Today, Diane recaps Wednesday’s activities.

As the Supreme Court considers President Obama’s healthcare law this week, Goldwater Institute Senior Attorney Diane Cohen will be your guide to the proceedings. Today, Diane offers an overview of what the Court will look at in each day’s arguments; Tuesday through Thursday, she’ll recap the previous day’s activities.

Columnist Michelle Malkin wrote an important piece on what she calls "the mother of all death panels" — the Independent Payment Advisory Board:

As you read this, hundreds of doctors and other health care professionals are ready to come to Arizona to provide free medical care for those in need. They are volunteers from around the country, who pay their own travel, room and board so that they can donate their skills over the course of several days at free medical clinics. 

Some state lawmakers committed to striking down the federal takeover of health care – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) – have moved forward with establishing PPACA insurance exchanges at the same time the United States Supreme Court will be deciding the law’s fate.

Why? The answer we have heard over and over again is that they are establishing PPACA exchanges in their states in order to preserve state control and flexibility over the exchange. However, this answer is refuted by a review of the law.

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in a case brought by more than two dozen states challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care law. The core issue is whether the individual mandate to purchase government-prescribed health care is constitutional. The Court of Appeals ruled that it was unconstitutional. But other issues are before the Court as well, notably whether it is premature to decide the individual mandate before it is enforced, and whether the entire law should be struck down if the individual mandate is invalidated.

Governor Napolitano has proposed expanding the states Medicaid program to cover children in families earning up to $60,000. This plan, however, could have serious consequences for the state.

Economists at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found public insurance programs like Medicaid crowd out private alternatives. They estimate between 50 and 75 percent of enrollment increases that resulted from expanding Medicaid came from people who left private sector insurers.

On December 5, 2006, the City of New York banned the use of trans-fats in restaurants. Ironically, many of the experts proclaiming the dangers of trans-fats were the ones who urged us to embrace them as heart-healthy in the 1980's.