Since Independents can vote in the primary, I have decided to pay particular attention to the statements of the candidates running for governor and congress. Democrats are running unopposed.

There doesn’t seem to be a difference with the exception of Scott Smith for governor. Two other Republicans running for governor want to eliminate the state income tax, including Ken Bennett and Doug Ducey. Good luck with that.

And another running is Andrew Thomas the disbarred former Maricopa County attorney. When interviewed by the Daily Star, Mr. Smith had the courage to dismiss the idea of eliminating the state income tax. 

Sen. Melvin went on record after dropping out of the race saying that “I haven’t decided yet who to back”. But he acknowledged that his litmus test means one already is out of the running for his endorsement - former Mayor Smith. Mr. Smith should be thankful that Al is not backing him. Of course losing his support could cost him less then 1 percent of voters. Yep, the Republicans have it hands down over the Democrats so far, a 50 percent reduction in state income tax, and Capt. Al’s $8,000 voucher for every school age child to be used for a charter school. Yep, that should just about do it, put Arizona back in the 60s. One thing is for sure, it will cut off all those no-good freeloaders from our social programs. Do we still have any workhouses?

The Republicans are really going strong in my Congressional district. We have Adam (“Early placing of campaign sign, I make the Stinking Rules”) Kwasman and Gary Kiehne (“most mass shooting have been caused by Democrats pulling their guns out and shooting people”) In the June 29 Daily Star, Mr. Kwasman was quoted saying “studies show E.R. visits increased after expanding Medicare, thereby increasing the burden on hospitals. I opposed Obama Care expansion in Arizona. 

Unfortunately, Mr. Kwasman didn’t inform the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Assoc. of this problem. Their report dated June 13 2014, states the cost of uncompensated care dropped to 38 million 2014, compared to 64 million in 2013. And the average operating margin has gone from 4 percent in 2013 to 5.2 percent in 2014, a signal that the Affordable Health Care Act will be a net positive for hospitals bottom line. 

The final nail in Mr. Kwasman’s theory is that hospitals wrote off from June-April $246 million in uncompensated care in 2013, and $170 million so far this year. Mr. Kwasman is right though, more people are using the E.R., but the E.R’s are getting paid for these additional visits thank’s to the AHCA. 

One last thing, if I didn’t know better, I would almost guess that Jesse Kelley is acting as Mr. Kwasman’s campaign manager.


Clyde Steele,

Oro Valley

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