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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

Years with the company: Just started with Bonneville, but have worked for and with KTAR AM and FM since 1991.

Career: I always knew my career would be touched by news. I started as a news intern in 1991 and eventually reported news and sports, and anchored newscasts at KTAR when it was an AM, news/talk/sports station. I went to work at the Attorney General's Office in 1995, as a spokesperson for the 300 attorneys there, and for Attorney General Grant Woods. I returned as a part-time host and host of Arizona's Morning News Saturday in 2001.

Education: I escaped Catholic school early when the nuns wanted me to skip the second grade. I found my independent voice at a private grade school in Painesville, Ohio, then called Phillips Elementary. The teachers there encouraged us to ask questions and challenge the status quo. They took us on mind-opening trips and never once treated us like children. I am grateful for those years! I left Ohio in 1988 to attend Arizona State University because I knew I wanted to live in the West. I majored in Journalism and interned at KTAR in the newsroom my senior year.

Family: I am the last of nine children and my parents were undoubtedly looking at retiring when I was born. I was raised early on mostly by my five wonderful sisters. I have so many first cousins that I haven't yet met most of them.

Favorite movie: Caddyshack and anything by John Hughes.

#1 sports team: NL Diamondbacks. AL Cleveland Indians. Gotta love a team whose mascot is named Chief Wahoo.

Outside interests: Working out, cooking, traveling and reading a great book.


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