In case you're just tuning in to reality today, the federal government's closed.Well, kind of -- things like military paychecks, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid payments are still expected to be doled out. Border Patrol's still operating, so is the Postal Service, and if you're accused of a ... More >>
The following post was written by Sam Levin, an editorial fellow at New Times' Denver-based sister paper, Westword. Although Senator John McCain easily won Arizona in the 2008 election, team Obama believes Arizona is in play this time around. Read on for observation and analysis from last night's de ... More >>
NextCare, a nationwide urgent-care-center company based in Phoenix, has agreed to pay the feds $10 million for submitting false claims to Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health-care programs. We had no idea turning in corrupt corporations could be so lucrative: The informant in this case, form ... 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 >>
Republican state Senator Nancy Barto is the chairman of the Senate Healthcare and Medical Liability Reform Committee, which would make you think Barto knows a thing or two about how health care works.After taking a look at her comments on the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Patient Protection ... More >>
Former Gabrielle Giffords aide Ron Barber hopes to finish his former boss' term in Congress.Ron Barber, a former aide to former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, announced this morning that he'll run in the special election to finish the remainder of Giffords' term.Giffords resigned from Co ... More >>
New TimesCongressman Ben QuayleCongressman Ben Quayle took a beating from constituents during a town hall meeting in Anthem back in May. Now, the congressman is catching even more heat, this time for not having any town hall meetings at all -- that constituents don't have to pay to attend, anyway ... More >>
New Times Congressman Ben Quayle really took it on the chin at a town hall meeting in Anthem last night. Congressman Ben Quayle held a town hall meeting in Anthem last night. It didn't go well for the young congressman -- and the laughter of his constituents after he tried to explain gover ... More >>
Last year, when we were reporting "Badlands" and "Rancher Down," two stories about life and death in Cochise County, on the southeastern border of Arizona and Mexico, we had the privilege of interviewing cattle rancher Rich Winkler. Billionaire brothers don't sit well with one pissed-off bord ... More >>
Senate hopeful J.D. Hayworth's latest TV ad has given the John McCain campaign an opportunity to re-package the old "wrestling match with a pig" analogy. As the saying goes, getting into one is a bad idea because "you both get dirty and the pig likes it."The McCain campaign would argue that H ... More >>
11x14 print of Georgia O'Keefe taken at the Ghost Ranch, 1975, donated by Dan Budnik .This could be yours...for a good cause.If you're on facebook and you're "friended" any of the artsy folks downtown, the name Rich Zandlo should ring a bell.Zandlo suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, a devastating gene ... More >>
The Phoenix Suns beat the Memphis Grizzlies 126-111 in Phoenix Wednesday night. The win was the Suns 15th consecutive home victory this season and gave the team the best record in the NBA at 12-3...A West Valley Mayo Clinic has stopped accepting a certain types of Me ... More >>
Vincent de Groot I've heard of die-ins, but this is getting ridiculous... The Phoenix Progressive Democrats of America, along with other members of a group calling itself the Arizona Coalition for a State and National Healthcare Plan will be protesting the offices of the insura ... More >>
From left, Jack Harper, Dean Martin, Russell Pearce, and John Huppenthal Obama is a Nazi. Obama is a commie. Obama is a pirate. (Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum.) Obama is a socialist. Obama is the Joker from The Dark Night. (You know, Heath Ledger) Yadda-yadda-yadda. Such was the refrain f ... More >>
The billionaires join ranks with the Obama-haters in this new Dennis Gilman video. In the tradition of Michael Moore and the stunts he regularly pulled in his TV show The Awful Truth (and continues to pull in his films), come the Billionaires for Wealthcare, a crew of wannabe-Warren Buffets w ... More >>
The state tries to halt out-of-control ambulance contracts but cities might have the last word
Pop quiz. Whos Arizonas other U.S. senator? Heres a clue: He makes Dubya look like a liberal
Winning ambulance contracts? It's all about who you know. (Unless it's about the dirt they've got on you.)
Arizona has the power to make nursing homes provide good care. Too bad it doesn't use it
Undocumented workers constitute the biggest political issue in Arizona. But do we want to send them packing?
Trent Franks is no fiscal conservative. And he's the worst kind of Christian.
California medical providers dramatically overbilled insurers for services rendered
Letters from the week of May 22, 2003
ShariAnne and Daved Fischer's Web site asks, "Brother, can you spare a cyber dime?"
Arizona's organ donations are in trouble for a reason.
The Spike checks on some shortsighted folks at a Scottsdale eye clinic
Rural-Metro employees are right to feel burned
Phoenix Children's Hospital, for years hidden inside Good Samaritan hospital, seems to have been misplaced by the federal government
FBI investigates possible Medicare fraud in county health-care system
In the sixth congressional district, J.D. Hayworth and Steve Owens have run campaigns so devoid of content it's almost scary
Hazy regulations allow Americanos to write their own tickets in Mexican pharmacies
As network news shows begin investigating alleged AHCCCS abuses, the Arizona Republic finally takes notice