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Re: “The Skinny

I received this letter from McCain dated 9-19:

Thank you for contacting me to share your views about health reform. I appreciate knowing your thoughts on this very important topic.

Since the enactment of Obamacare more than seven years ago, Americans across the country continue to see the consequences of this disastrous law. In Arizona alone, the cost of midlevel health insurance plans on Obamacares marketplace increased by 116 percent on average last year. Worse still, before Obamacare, Arizona had 24 insurance companies selling plans on the individual market. Today, there are just two companies and 14 of Arizonas 15 counties have just one insurer. That is not what President Obama promised when this bill was signed into law, and why the status quo is simply unacceptable.

As you may know, earlier this year I voted against the so-called skinny repeal amendment because it would not have accomplished what I have been promising Arizonans for seven years, and that is to repeal and replace Obamacare. While the amendment would have repealed some of Obamacares most burdensome regulations, it offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health care to our citizens.

As we move forward, it is critical that Congress not make the mistakes of the past that has led to Obamacares collapse, including in my home state of Arizona where premiums are skyrocketing and health care providers are fleeing the marketplace. We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of our nations governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people. Ultimately, the final product must be based around the fundamental value of freedom, and Obamacare is not.

Thank you again for writing to me. Please feel free to contact me if you have any other comments or questions.


John McCain
United States Senator

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Posted by franklymydears on 09/21/2017 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

I had thought of Flake as somewhat moderate until he started touting his A+ ratings from some of America's farthest-right organizations, beginning with the NRA, in his fear of a primary challenge from the wingnut right, aka Kelly Ward for one. Every true independent voter in Arizona better be ready to go to the polls in November 2018, dragging along a lazy Democrat, to vote for whoever wins the Democratic nomination.

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Posted by franklymydears on 07/19/2017 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Flake Takes a Turn To the Right

The 'right turn' is nothing new. All year long Flake's messages have been reminding people of his extremely high ratings from such radical right organizations as the NRA. How's this make you think of him?

Sen. Flake's lifetime scores with some of the country's leading government watchdog organizations:

National Taxpayers' Union A
National Right to Life 99%
Americans for Prosperity 98%
Club for Growth 97%
Citizens vs Government Waste 97%
FreedomWorks 95%
American Conservative Union 94%

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Posted by franklymydears on 07/14/2017 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

Congratulations, Nintz. Sorry, no photo, just congratulations and best wishes.

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Posted by franklymydears on 06/22/2017 at 10:39 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Guido, what exactly can you tell us about Gary Watson's voting record?

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Posted by franklymydears on 06/22/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Back When Arizonans Cared About Public Education, and Were Willing to Fight For Their Initiative Rights

In the May 2 Star I read that Governor Ducey has heard no concern about Arizona being near the bottom of all states in per-student funding. And his proposed budget, about to be introduced in the legislature, will be a home run for education. Among the devices featured in his plan is $38 million for results-based funding with about 65% of it going to schools doing very well while situated in relatively well-off neighborhoods and districts, with a disproportionate share going to charter schools. This is but one of the dozen or so gimmicks intended to show how well the governor is treating public education while failing to address the critical backlog of capital needs in the schools or the cruel underpayment of the states teachers, to mention just two of the critical issues he prefers not to notice.
I suggest that every reader who has concern about our states inadequate funding for public education contact her legislators, who may listen and hear her concerns while Governor Ducey has made it all too evident that he will not.

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Posted by franklymydears on 05/02/2017 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Show Us the Money

Maybe Secretary Reagan would prefer to postpone an improved campaign finance reporting system until after she has run for reelection in 2018.

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Posted by franklymydears on 03/30/2017 at 3:04 PM

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