Tall with a buzz cut and a toothy grin, Dr. Ralph Heap is a banjo-pickin' orthopedic surgeon with a handsome family and enough charisma to worry incumbent Bob Worsley in the GOP primary for state senator from deeply red Legislative District 25. Heap also is a colossal hypocrite -- and the cat's paw ... More >>
Arizonans might be some of the stressed-out people in the United States.That is, if working long hours or being unemployed, commuting a long way, not having health insurance, spending too much on housing, and living in a densely populated area are things that cause stress.
In Arizona, 21 percent of the people receiving health insurance through the exchange established by Obamacare are children.That's easily the nation's highest proportion of children getting insured through Obamacare, and on its face, it seems like a good thing -- kids are getting insured in a state w ... More >>
Arizona still has the third-highest rate of uninsured children in the nation.However, that rate is dropping, and a report released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides some insight into what type of kids are getting insured.
Maricopa County leaders and Sheriff Joe Arpaio are in some sort of fight over the insurance coverage of vehicles owned by posse members, but neither side is giving details. The issue, whatever it is, led to recent news stories about the Sun City posse being suspended, but now Arpaio's office is say ... More >>
Uninsured Republicans may be willing to pay the Obamacare fine instead of buying health insurance just because they're Republicans, a Gallup poll indicates.If true, it makes a lot of sense why a state like Arizona, which has one of the highest rates of uninsured people in the nation, also has a rela ... More >>
Maps made by a Georgia Tech grad student show where the highest concentrations of people without health insurance live in America's biggest cities, including Phoenix.The maps are based on data collected from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, and the map of Phoenix isn't entirely surpris ... More >>
A survey of Phoenix residents suggests that people are generally confused about what happens if they don't have health insurance at the end of this month.Consider that there are around 1 million uninsured people statewide, and only about 60,000 have purchased health insurance through the exchange es ... More >>
It's been said that the most important demographic group for the success of Obamacare is the "young invincibles" -- healthy young adults.And there's no state with a smaller proportion of young people buying health insurance through the Obamacare exchange than Arizona.
More than 2,800 Arizonans picked out a health insurance plan last month through the federal marketplace established by Obamacare.In October, the first month the marketplace became available, just 739 Arizonans picked a plan, although well-publicized troubles with the healthcare.gov website kept peop ... More >>
A grand total of 739 Arizonans signed up for health insurance through the federal health insurance exchange set up by Obamacare.Nationwide, 106,185 people have selected health care plans through the marketplace, according to statistics released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Servic ... More >>
Senator Jeff Flake thinks the public should know how many people have enrolled in the health insurance marketplaces created by Obamacare.Flake released a letter he sent to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, asking for reports on enrollment in the federal and state-run exchanges.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be in Phoenix on Thursday to promote Obamacare.Sebelius isn't exactly in everyone's good graces right now, since her agency is responsible for rolling out the health insurance exchange website that's been a world-famous failure so far.
A few short years ago, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer became the hero of most conservatives and the villain to most liberals when she signed the anti-Mexican SB1070 bill into law. Now, with Brewer possibly staking her legacy -- as USA Today put it recently -- on the Medicaid fight, she's dividing righ ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wro ... More >>
The thought that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- also known as "Obamacare" -- is a "government takeover" of health care has been repeated over, and over, and over again since the spring of 2009.That thought earned the label of "Lie of the Year" by PolitiFact, a fact-checking outlet ... More >>
Governor Jan Brewer said Thursday's Supreme Court decision on health care will lead to the "erosion of individual liberty." Congressman Ben Quayle said "[Thursday's] decision was a disaster for the American people and the American healthcare system." Beyond the expected trigger-happy partisan rhet ... More >>
The Arizona Senate is currently considering a bill that would keep all of the existing prescription drug coverage for any medications your doctor prescribes for you, unless it's contraception.It's been the law in Arizona since 2003 that prescription contraception is treated just like any other m ... More >>
The Arizona Senate is currently considering a bill -- which has already been passed by the House -- that would keep all of the existing prescription drug coverage you're getting through your employer or health insurance company... if you're a dude.If you're a woman, and Jesus or a similar figure ... More >>
J.D. Hayworth's rumored to be considering another Senate run. Let the brown-bashing commence.Former TV pitchman J.D. Hayworth thinks the reason Arizona's medicaid program is in such bad financial shape is because it covers people who are in the country illegally. The only problem with that is Ari ... More >>
Image: New Times Traveling to and around Mexico can be a fun experience, but you should use your head if you're planning on going there for spring break. It's not as simple as driving to Lake Havasu or San Diego, and -- as we detail in this week's feature article on Rocky Point -- the safety ... More >>
James KingAttorney General Tom Horne has a few problems with President Obama's health care plan.Newly sworn in Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne announced today that he's planning to do something his predecessor, Terry Goddard, refused to do: throw the Arizona Attorney General's Office into the ... More >>
www.fireandreamitchell.comArizona Governor Jan Brewer announced last night that Arizona will be joining 14 other states in a lawsuit against the federal government over the federal healthcare mandate passed by Congress last month.Brewer's general counsel, Joseph Kanefield, will represent Ar ... More >>
After Governor Jan Brewer approved the majority of the legislature's budget plan Friday, the question still looms: How the hell are we gonna pay for it?!Despite a laundry list of cuts, and concessions, the state is still well short of being able to pay for the programs still on the books. " ... More >>
www.roflrozzi.comIn case you've been living on Mars for the last several months, the nation is in the midst of an intense debate over healthcare. Sick of it yet (no pun intended)? Well, a Mesa man claims to have the solution: Don't bother getting health insurance at all.Chad Harris, chief e ... More >>
A free-speech battle at ASU centers on enormous posters of aborted fetuses