State Powers

The states are powerful enough to stand up to the federal government when it violates citizens’ rights. Learn how we can better leverage the power of states.

<p>The states are powerful enough to stand up to the federal government when it violates citizens’ rights. Learn how we can better leverage the power of states.</p>

The Supreme Court has ruled parts of the federal health care law constitutional, and now states face the decision to set up a state-funded insurance exchange or let the federal government run an exchange in the state.  States have a choice – if a state declines to set up an exchange, the federal government will create one instead and even pick up the tab.

Contact: Rob Kramer, (602) 633-8961

Governor Brewer’s announcement Wednesday afternoon that the state would not move forward with implementation of a state-funded health insurance exchange signals that Arizonans will be protected from some of the worst aspects of the federal health care law.

The Goldwater Institute commends Governor Brewer and state legislative leadership for their steadfast commitment to protecting Arizonans’ freedom to make their own health care decisions.

As policymakers in Arizona decide whether or not to establish health insurance exchange, they should keep several key points in mind.

According to the Financial Times, at least one U.S. Senator has declared the nation should jump off the fiscal cliff rather than compromise on a budget that brings the national debt under control.

What happens when state law conflicts with federal law? The U.S. Supreme Court considered that issue this week in a case involving a California law that permits the use of medicinal marijuana; a federal law bans the practice.

With so many initiatives on the ballot this year, it can be hard to keep them all straight.  Here is a helpful guide you can use when casting your ballot.

Prop 114 – Goldwater Institute has No Position

Prop 114 would amend the state constitution to prevent crime victims from being subject to a legal claim for damages for causing death or injury to a person who is harmed when engaging in, attempting to engage in, or fleeing after having engaged in a felony offense.

By Kevin Mooney, The American Spectator

Until two nights ago, most voters were largely unaware of the unelected 15 member Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) created as part of Obamacare. Mitt Romney can further capitalize on his adroit performance in Wednesday's debate by focusing public attention on the power and influence of IPAB in the coming weeks.

Contact: Rob Kramer, (602) 633-8961

Phoenix, AZ—If Arizona lawmakers enact a state health insurance exchange as allowed by the federal health care law, Arizona taxpayers will be on the hook for direct subsidies to insurance companies, and employers in the state who decline to provide government-approved employee health insurance will face fines of up to $2,000 per employee annually, explains a Goldwater Institute Policy Memo released Tuesday.