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Correction to health care commentary

I recently authored an editorial titled, "Affordable universal coverage achievable" (Arizona Capitol Times, Sept. 11). In the article, I incorrectly cited that "20 percent of Americans under 65 own Health Insurance Accounts (HSAs)." I apologize for the editorial error and wish to issue a correction to that point. Actually, nearly 150,000 Arizonans, or about 5 percent of those with private insurance own an HSA - and not 20 percent as I wrote about in my editorial.

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Arizona needs a more diversified economy to avoid future plunges

The worst economic recession since the Great Depression has hit a three-state area known for its population growth - Arizona, Nevada and southern California - harder than the rest of the country. This region - the "Economic Bermuda Triangle" of Maricopa County; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Riverside, California - led the nation in the pace of job losses and housing foreclosures, the two measures by which consumers view the health of the economy.

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The way out of Arizona’s economic mess

Improving Arizona's job-creating climate is the best long-term strategy for dealing with the state's fiscal woes. There is ferocious competition among states to attract new jobs. One timely story illustrates this point: At a U.S./China economic cooperation event the Arizona Chamber sponsored last week, we heard from other states about the attractiveness of their economic climate.

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Health insurance options are available

I just wanted to make a comment out of pure frustration. I keep reading/hearing from the president to Rep. Harry Mitchell and to other so-called experts of health care reform about people losing coverage when their COBRA ends.

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Don’t use tax dollars to fund abortions

No matter what your position is on the broad issue of health reform, it seems obvious that the health care bill should help protect the innocent and the helpless. And that will require language that forbids the government from covering abortions or paying for them.

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Lawmakers not playing with a full deck

Well, at least one state legislator finally got it right. Sen. John Nelson, a Republican from Litchfield Park, commenting on coping with the state budget debacle, was quoted in the Arizona Capitol Times saying, "It's almost like playing poker and not playing with a full deck."

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Let the ratepayers eat cake

As the lead plaintiff in the suit (just denied) challenging the Arizona Corporation Commission's right to mandate that utilities generate 15 percent of their power from alternate energy sources, I must admit that I felt a little odd when I was sitting in the Arizona Public Service rate hearing a couple of weeks ago.

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The madness of ‘Captain Brewhab’

In Herman Melville's "Moby Dick," Captain Ahab's mad and unrelenting pursuit of the white whale brought on the destruction of the whaler Pequod and its crew. Here on the S.S. Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer's pursuit of a sales tax increase is turning her into the fiscal-policy equivalent of the tragic Ahab.

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Budget overrides at Glendale, Washington school districts

"Support Our Kids" and "Citizens for a Quality Education" have joined forces to educate voters about two very critical upcoming ballot measures. On Nov. 3, Washington Elementary School District (WESD) and Glendale Union High School District (GUHSD) residents will determine if their respective budget overrides will be continued.

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Affordable universal health coverage achievable

We all want the same thing: protection from catastrophic illness and the security of affordable health coverage in the future. To their credit, Americans have read the bills working their way through Congress and are objecting to the health care rationing and control over their health care quality and decisions.

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