Commentary

Patients over profits: Arizona must act on medical billing reform

BY: - May 31, 2022

Health care is a critical aspect of life for Americans and Arizonans alike. For physicians like myself, it is not only our livelihood — it is our passion and our life’s purpose. The need for health care unites us all, and COVID-19 brought the necessity of a quality health care system into sharp focus.  One […]

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A different America demands a different kind of Memorial Day

BY: - May 30, 2022

Today is Memorial Day. And as I write this column, the forecast calls for sunny skies and very summery temperatures of 91 degrees. It’s a day perfect for a parade, a barbecue, and gathering with family and friends. But while this holiday Monday might be cause for some of us to celebrate, we should also […]

The monthly ‘Child Tax Credit’ is good for Arizona families — and for the lawmakers who support it

BY: - May 27, 2022

With the second-highest COVID-19 death rate in the U.S., Arizona has suffered immensely over the past two-plus years. While Arizonans have kept their heads high and pushed on through the pandemic, the lasting economic impact of COVID-19 and the largest rise in inflation in 40 years remain huge barriers for families struggling with financial stability […]

Yes, we should control who gets to own a gun and how they use it

BY: - May 26, 2022

As I sat down to write about the mass shooting that left 19 children and three adults dead in Uvalde, Texas, it occurred to me that they hadn’t even finished burying the 13 people killed by a white supremacist in the gun massacre a week before in Buffalo, N.Y. That’s how good we’ve gotten at […]

Our national pathology over guns is no longer insane. It’s inhuman.

BY: - May 25, 2022

Want to know what rage feels like? It’s waking on a Wednesday morning on a school day as the cable news talking heads sift through the latest on the shooting at a Texas elementary school that left 21 people dead, most of them children, and looking at your daughter as she gets ready for her […]

Adopting clean energy and electric vehicles will help our pocketbooks and national security

BY: - May 20, 2022

Fossil fuels are an inherently destabilizing force, as events in Ukraine remind us. Recently, the Biden administration banned American purchases of Russian oil, methane gas and coal to punish the country for its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.  Our reliance on fossil fuels is increasingly a threat to our national and economic security. It’s why we […]

Debunking the pervasive myths that have blocked sentencing reform in Arizona

BY: - May 19, 2022

Last month, the nation recognized National Crime Victims’ Week, an annual event embraced by policymakers at every level of government in the hopes of highlighting the progress made and progress sought on the pursuit of justice for survivors of crime. Fittingly, the following week we observed National Correctional Officer and Employee Appreciation Week. Other than […]

Fixing the digital divide requires senators to approve Biden’s FCC nominee

BY: - May 18, 2022

Last week, President Joe Biden rolled out the red carpet for major Internet Service Providers promising to increase internet speed and quality, and lower the cost of internet for low-income families. These commitments, following an act of Congress to create the Affordable Connectivity Program last November, are not nearly good enough for the 30% of […]

In an unprecedented economic recovery, why are we only talking about inflation?

BY: - May 17, 2022

The latest jobs report shows that the U.S. economy continues its rapid recovery from the pandemic crisis. Employers added 428,000 new jobs in April, continuing a now-year-long streak of similarly strong job growth. After surging to a post-World War II high of 14.7% in 2020, unemployment is now down to 3.6%, the lowest level in […]

Why it’s scary that ‘pro-family’ politics has evolved into ‘America First Pro-natalism’

BY: - May 13, 2022

With the leaked Supreme Court draft portending a total overturning of the precedent of nationwide abortion access established nearly 50 years ago by Roe v. Wade, many have been left to ask what the policy landscape of a post-Roe America might look like. While some Republicans have insisted that the fall of Roe would mean […]

Pandora’s Box: Overturning Roe is only the beginning of the threats to women

BY: - May 9, 2022

When I was raped in 2016, one of my attackers reached inside me and pulled out my NuvaRring, an internal birth control device, and asked me what it was.  When I told him, he cast it aside where it was lost until police retrieved it a couple days later.  Following my attack, because of the […]

Truck pollution is hurting our kids, and the EPA could do so much to stop it

BY: - May 6, 2022

In 2018, my family moved into a home in South Phoenix that seemed perfect for us. It was near a day care center and across the street from Central Park. But within a few months, my daughters, who were one and two years old, started wheezing at night. Our doctor prescribed asthma medicine for my oldest […]