Southern Arizona heath care forum a success.

     Early on Trent Humphries took on heath care reform as one of his issues. His first forum went very well. Earlier this week he had an event in Saddlebrooke with an excellent panel.This time he brought in Byron Schlomach, Director of the Center for Economic Prosperity at the Goldwater Institute, and state legislator Kirk Adams, member of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Health Care, who both traveled from Phoenix to serve on Trent’s panel. Dr. Steven Knope, author of Concierge Medicine and a local family practice physician, spiced up the panel as an outspoken critic of the current system and proposed government solutions for fixing it. Apparently the word about Trent has gotten out as forum participants came from all over Southern Arizona, and one participant drove all the way from Maricopa County to participate in the forum.

     Now it seems the media aren’t the only ones taking notice. Copycats are fast emerging. Don Jorgenson, one of the Democrats aspiring to take the seat from Humphries, appears concerned about being left behind on the issue and has since held a health care focus group with a few of his constituents. Likewise, Matt Heinz, Democrat candidate for the legislature from District 29, is jumping into the debate as a promoter of socialized health care at the state level using Trent’s awareness campaign as his launching pad. The problem for both Democrats is that Trent Humphries has let the way by bringing together experts with data and innovative solutions others never seem to reach as they get bogged down in the HillaryCare morass.


  1. SonoranSam says

    Boy, where to begin…

    Well, first let’s say I wasn’t aware that people were concerned about health care until Trent Humpries told me. I’m sure glad he did.

    And them Democrats, well, when are they gonna hear about it? And when they do, are they just gonna shut up, since the Republicans seem to have all the answers? That seems to be what you’re implying.

    Second, Mr. if Mr. Humphries does have all the answers, it would be nice if he shared them with the voters of LD26. Check his website on healthcare, and you find two assertions: first, that everyone who wants health care can get it.

    Oh really? What about the 20 percent of Arizonans who have no health insurance? One in five people in this state DO NOT have access to affordable healthcare. Further, the Republican answer is to gut one state program that allows small businesses to purchase affordable healthcare. Their argument is that these people want health insurance, they should be willing to pay the ridiculous rates charged by private insurance plans.

    Second, Mr. Humphries says his solution is to make health care affordable “by protecting Arizona’s health care professionals from the threat of irresponsible and unnecessary litigation.”

    That’s the tired old “lawyers are bad people” argument. We can debate that at a different time in a different venue, but it certainly does nothing for the one out of five Arizonans who don’t have health insurance, or the thousands of Arizonans who faithfully pay their insurance premiums, only to have their coverage canceled simply because they need health care and the insurance company doesn’t want to pay it, or for those who hit up against some arbitrary expenditure ceiling, or for those who can’t afford their prescription drugs….

    I could go on and on about the gaping holes in the “solution” offered by Mr. Humphries and his cohorts. The bottom line is that he ain’t offering a thing to “solve” the problem.

  2. Anonymity says

    You obviously didn’t bother to attend the forums, but you seem content to shoot wildly in every direction imaginable still missing every point made in the forums.

    I could go on about hoof-in-mouth disease, but…

    The bottom line for you is: find out what happened before attempting to tell everyone about it.

  3. Sam,

    Where to begin… The state program to provide health coverage to small business does nothing to reduce costs; it just transfers the cost from the business to the state. Last I saw the program was way over budget. Trent is discussing options to actually lower costs.

    Lawyers are not bad per se but tort law that allows for huge judgments drives up the cost of malpractice insurance. That cost is passed on to health care consumers. So you have the right to sue over a service which you cannot afford. Is that your solution?

    Trent has done everything possible to publicize these forums and welcomes everyone from LD26 to join. Yes, his website is out of date and short on details. That is certainly not the first time that has happened in a legislative race. Don’t know what to tell you on that one since we are not running the site. Have you seen Nancy Young Wright’s web site? Talk about short on details. Scary!

  4. Big Tent Republican says

    I have heard Trent speak and this guy is the best and the brightest of those running in LD 26. He has shown leadership in getting these people together and actually already demonstarting he reaches out and is not just trying to promote himself

  5. GOP Boomer Gal says

    I was at both Health Care Forums, and I brought my neighbor, who is a Democrat, and a patient of Dr. Knope with me to the second one.

    She was very impressed by the solutions put forth by the panelists, and, incidentally, Trent will have her vote in November (of course, he has to make it through a fiercely contested primary; I’m almost certain he will succeed).

  6. Remember that nonsense about 47 million Americans without health insurance? Well, 11 million of those are illegal immigrants, so they aren’t even Americans. In excess of 10 million qualify for government health care already. Of the 25 million left over, most are adults in their 20’s to 40’s who choose not to have insurance because, like me, they don’t need it.

    This isn’t a crisis, just something Democrats use to scare folks…

  7. SonoranSam says

    You guys can bluster, blather and obfuscate all you want. The truth is that you have no solutions to the health care crisis. Humphries can schedule all the “health care town halls” that he wants. His website offers no plan.

  8. SonoranSam

    Be patient, I’ll get your details. Having a real solution entails gathering all the facts you can first, THEN coming up with the plan. I still have a few months before the general election.

    I can tell you right now that the plan for fixing Arizona’s broken health care goes far beyond raising taxes and expanding state-funded health care, and be honest, one will not occur without the other, unless you want to pull the money from education, which I won’t. the initial plans we put in place aren’t likely to raise taxes at all.

    I have held open public health care forums with Democrats both on the panels and in the audience. None of my Democratic opponents have done anything even close to that. I would welcome them to do so, I bet it would alter many of their current positions on the issue.

    We have a recording of the forum and are working to improve the sound quality so it is clearer. Once that is finished (if it can be salvaged) we will post it on my site then you can criticize the content in an informed manner.

    Or, if you put your dogma behind you, you may learn something.

  9. Trent 1, Sam 0

  10. Big Tent Republican says

    see what a gentleman this Trent is…Very classy the kind of person who gets my vote….

  11. Duke the Dog says

    The reality is that we’re steadily heading toward the Nanny state.

    People are getting fat and lazy (not an assumption, but a statement of fact 66% of Americans are now overweight, of that 32% are morbidly obese. Source: CDC; NCHS).

    No one wants to get off their fat rear ends and work anymore. More than 75% of the money spent on medical care is for diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Almost all related to unhealthy sedentary lifestyles.

    This drives up costs for the rest of us.

    I think we should start a tax on fat people to pay for the added costs they put on the healthcare system.

    Democrats want to tax SUV drivers, the evil oil companies, cigarette smokers, etc. What about taxing people that are just plain F-A-T.

    If your more than 20 lbs overweight, you get 5% added to your Medicare payroll tax. 50 lbs overweight 15%, more than 100 lbs 50% increase in your Medicare tax.

    This should make everyone happy. First the Dems will love the tax increase, the Republicans will like the incentive for Americans to stay thin and third, I’ll be able to sit comfortably in my seat on the Airplane without the fat slob next to me spilling his lard over the arm rest into my seat!

  12. Sonoran Sam says

    Mr. Humphries:

    I feel that owe you the courtesy of a reply.

    Yes, I do bring a high level of passion to this issue. While I’m blessed with decent health, I have family members who have struggled with healthcare, and through them I’ve seen the system at its worst: cold-blooded, uncaring, and far more interested in profit than treatment.

    I’ll put aside my dogma and examine your plan with an open mind. I hope you truly intend to do the same.

    I will confess to skepticism. I’m old enough to remember the 60s and 70s, when Arizona Republicans stubbornly refused to join the federal Medicaid system because they felt no obligation to assure everyone access to healthcare. And everything I’ve seen recently, from John McCain down to the House and Senate Republican caucus in the Legislature, tells me that Republicans are still far more interested in protecting the profit margins of a multi-billion-dollar industry than they are in assuring decent health care for the average Arizona CITIZEN. (emphasis deliberate).

    I don’t expect to find much agreement with my position when I venture into the den of the Elephant, but all major issues need bipartisanship to find a resolution, and the need to reform healthcare certainly ranks as a major issue.

    I’ll be looking for your plan.

  13. Sonoran Sam,

    I apologize for being a bit reactionary.

    I will not deny that affordability is a large problem with health care. But I would also argue that availability and quality of health care are just as pressing, especially in Southern Arizona. Agressively pursuing government action in the case of overlarge government subsidization of prices will adversely affect both availibility and quality of care. Any “solution” that doesn’t address all three isn’t really serious.

    I like lawyers, I work with lawyers every day, but medical tort reform has to be a part of the solution. Arizona does not live in a vacuum, and our doctors or potential doctors are fleeing to other states that afford more protection from frivolous law suits. We may not like that, but it is what it is, and doctors cannot be compelled to practice in Southern Arizona. When we face a disasterous lawyer shortage, I could be pursuaded to lean the other way. Without doctors to see you when you are hurt, the argument of affordable health insurance suddenly become moot.

    I’ll admit to you there are no magic bullets to fix healthcare in the next two years, but there are plenty of action items that we can follow to start down that path. The problem we have now is that the conversation about fixing the problem is nowhere near the needed depth. I’m doing my best to help get it there.

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