Although I agree that Sen. Nancy Barto has assisted rural Arizonans with some of her health care bills alleviating regulations for anesthetist certification and pharma administration, I cannot overlook her self-proclaimed public policy advocacy for fewer Federal mining regulations and lower business taxes. She is also a prolific Capitol voice continually propelling regulation on female body parts and even voted to cut Medicaid reimbursements, nearly crushing rural hospitals. Therefore, I look at the Legislator of the Year award from the Arizona Rural Health Association as just another pandering distinction to another legislator who does not represent me in any way.

C.J. Briggle

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