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Updated Sep 26, 2013 - 3:02 pm

Final Word: Helping sick should be health care's bottom line

At the risk of talking about the Give-A-Thon for PCH hosted Tuesday and Wednesday here on News/Talk 92.3 and Arizona Sports 620, if you listened, you probably thought a little bit about health care.

Sure, we were raising money for Phoenix Children's Hospital, which is rightfully recognized as one of the great children's hospitals in the nation.

The money you donated for the PCH Foundation could sure go a long way toward building a new ER and trauma center, continuing the funding for life-safing, cutting edge research, and maintaining the excellent staff of doctors and nurses that make PCH the best in the Southwest.

But with the cost of health care so high that many companies are abandoning their subsidized plans in favor of Obamacare, it's a good time to remind ourselves that PCH never turns away a child because of the family's inability to pay.

Not only do we have world-renowned specialists in the fields of pediatric cancer, transplant surgery and endocrinology, and heart issues, but sick kids get care at PCH, no matter what.

Isn't THAT what we wanted when we first heard about universal health care? It's certainly what I had in mind.

I didn't imagine for one minute that businesses would look at Obamacare as an opportunity to NOT offer healthcare to their employees and instead employee people at 29 hours a week and tell them they are on their own.

I also didn't imagine that federal employees would opt OUT of Obamacare because it wasn't up to the standards of health care they already have.

I imagined that kids with pre-existing conditions and catastrophic illnesses could get all the treatment doctors could provide, despite the fact that their family might live in poverty.

That's what I thought.

About the Author

Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.


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