Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Tale of Two States: Caring About Its Citizens

In Arizona, the Senate Appropriations Committee examined a proposal from Gov. Jan Brewer to cut $170 million from the state university system, as well as a plan to save $1 billion next year by eliminating health-care coverage for 280,000 people, mostly childless adults.  The Arizona Republic reported: The bottom line, said Sen. Rick Murphy, R-Peoria, is people have to shoulder more responsibility for themselves.  Other Republicans on the budget-writing committee agreed, saying the state's ongoing deficit makes cuts imperative.  "This isn't the only time in our history when people had to choose between food and medicine," said Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake.  Her parents had to make such tough choices, she said, and others will have to as well.  She said that "well people," which means people who have generally good health, can do more to keep themselves healthy and avoid the need for government support for medical coverage.
In related news, The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation, issued its Securing a Healthy Future: The Commonwealth Fund State Scorecard on Child Health System Performance, 2011.  Arizona ranked 49th overall (out of 51) with only Nevada and Mississippi ranking worse, while ranking 47th in Access & Affordability, 45th in Prevention &Treatment, 38th in Potential to Lead Healthy Loves, and 49th in equity.  On the other side of the ledger is Massachusetts, AND ITS UNIVERSAL COVERAGE, which ranked #1 overall, while ranking 1st in Access & Affordability, 4th in Prevention &Treatment, 7th in Potential to Lead Healthy Loves, and 4th in equity. 
Number 49 Arizona says suck it up
Number 1 Massachusetts says we’re in it together. 

Number 49 Arizona GDP=$256.36 Billion and population=6.30Million
Number 1 Massachusetts GDP=$365.18Billion and population=6.55million

Arizona: State of Denial
Massachusetts: State of Prosperity

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