Ralph Heap is a conservative and the clear choice for LD25 Senate. The following is a forwarded message.
Dr. Ralph Heap writes:
am a political novice and continue to be amazed by the political
process. I knew that as a conservative who believes in the principle of
limited government, I would be a target for the concerns that look to
expand the size and scope of government and the special interests that
profit from that expansion. Obamacare is the embodiment of big
government. The expansion of Medicaid will be a financial burden for the
state that will inevitably compromise our ability to fund key state
commitments ranging from education to public safety. Tax increases will
not be avoidable.
am being accused of hypocrisy because I am willing to treat Medicaid
patients. I am flattered and encouraged by the repeated attacks which
demonstrate for all to see the success of my campaign. Here are the
facts: I do not have a private medical practice. I spent 18 months at my
own expense on a medical mission to Africa and upon my return I went to
work for Physicians Group of Arizona. I receive a salary and I am not
involved in contracting with any patient group. I see the patients
assigned to me by my employers. There are no monies directly paid to me
from any insurance company or government agency. These facts can be
easily checked and were provided to the Arizona a Republic. The idea
that doctors are making big money from Medicaid is laughable. In fact
the adds have been a nice source of comic relief for some of my
beleaguered colleagues. One physician saw the tv add and after
confirming that I am running in opposition to Obamacare, stated " so let
me get this straight you are campaigning to make less money."
typical Medicaid payment is about 70% of Medicare. The reality is that
Medicaid payments barely cover an Orthopedic Surgeons overhead. I am
one of a very small number of Surgeons in the East Valley willing to
care for these patients. I have a history of caring for the less
fortunate, at my expense, on numerous mission trips and in my private
Orthopedic practice. This is not the profile of a doctor trying to
enrich himself at the taxpayers expense.
will continue my campaign as the only conservative choice for State
Senate in LD 25. I appreciate very much the enthusiastic support I have
received. I am willing to take the personal attacks and I will not waver
from my commitment to those conservative principles that are the
foundation of this great country.
opponents have chosen to use Ad Hominem Attacks. Here is both a
statement and avideo to get correct the misrepresentations.