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20 states reject insurance exchanges; what will Az do?

As last week's so-called "deadline" for states to decide whether or not to establish a "health insurance exchange" came and went, Arizonans were given good news: Gov Jan Brewer will not stick Arizona taxpayers with the bill for implementing the new federal health insurance mandates – for now. ... Read more»

Commentary

Potter: Translating insurance-speak

The political action committees of the 11 largest health insurers and their biggest trade group gave $10.2 million to federal politicians between 2007 and 2012. Most of that money went to Republicans who pledged to repeal or gut the Affordable Care Act. ... Read more»

Commentary

Potter: A bit of truth-telling on Obamacare

Wouldn’t it be great if our candidates had to take a dose of truth serum every morning before hitting the campaign trail? If they did, those of us who will be voting tomorrow wouldn’t be nearly as confused about what Obamacare is and what it isn’t, what it will do and what it won’t.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

The Obama imperative

Liberals and moderates have great incentives to vote this coming Tuesday. Whether your interest is women’s rights, health care, tax fairness, economic opportunity or a pro-entrepreneur environment, how you vote – and whether you vote – will determine how you live and whether you prosper for a decade or more to come.... Read more»

Commentary

Potter: Who wins with Medicare Advantage?

The big five health insurance companies have begun reporting their third quarter 2012 earnings and so far, they are pleasing their shareholders with profits that are better than Wall Street expected, in large part because they are doing especially well in one key area: Medicare. ... Read more»

Is this election really all about race and national identity?

There are several ways to parse this year’s presidential election. Many see Obama’s policies of inclusion as undermining whites’ view of citizenship... Read more»

Commentary

Myths of the healthy uninsured

Uninsured Americans have a 40 percent higher risk of death than their privately insured counterparts. But insurance companies are manipulating data to make it appear many don't want coverage.... Read more»

What’s Romney’s plan for preexisting conditions?

Romney’s debate comments implied that he would keep the provisions of the Affordable Care Act that guarantee coverage for all, regardless of preexisting conditions. But the campaign has given different explanations for what he meant.... Read more»

Factcheck: Veep debate violations

The Biden-Ryan debate was marked by some spirited claims that didn’t always match the facts. The participants in the vice-presidential debate roughed up the facts in their one and only meeting. (with full video)... Read more»

Growing obesity could cost Az billions

Healthcare experts see a sharp rise in the number of obese Arizonans in coming years, increasing the likelihood of obesity-related diseases and raising healthcare costs by as much as $13.6 billion in that time. It follows a national trend of growing obesity and associated health costs. ... Read more»

John C. Scott Show

J.C. Scott: BP agent killed by friendly fire

Interviews with Martha McSally, Republican congressional candidate in CD2, plus Mike Feder, general manager of the Tucson Padres; and TucsonSentinel.com's Dylan Smith with an update on the death of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie.... Read more»

Factcheck: Dubious Denver debate declarations

We found exaggerations and false claims flying thick and fast during the first debate between President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.... Read more»1

John C. Scott Show

J.C. Scott: Flake hits Carmona on tobacco holdings

Interviews with U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, and the GOP state Senate candidate in LD9, Tyler Mott; plus attorney Don Loose.... Read more»

Report: Expanding Medicaid eligibility would boost Az economy

Under the Affordable Care Act of 2010, expanding Medicaid eligibility would boost Arizona's economy and add jobs, according to the nonprofit Grand Canyon Institute. The group held a news conference Wednesday to discuss a report detailing three options for Medicaid under the federal health care law.... Read more»

FactCheck

Scary Medicare claims

A new TV ad in Florida harkens back to the notorious “death panel” falsehood. It wrongly claims Medicare benefits could be “rationed” and seniors denied treatment by the new health care law. In fact, the law specifically forbids rationing or restriction of benefits. ... Read more»

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