Gov. Brewer pushes through ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion in Arizona

posted at 8:01 pm on June 13, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Another one bites the dust. — and largely thanks to a governor who, once upon a time, was an outspoken opponent of ObamaCare. Per Politico:

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer muscled her way to victory in her crusade for Medicaid expansion Thursday, outmaneuvering conservative opposition to push through a key piece of President Barack Obama’s agenda.

Over the objection of Republican legislative leaders, a coalition of moderate Republicans and Democrats sent Brewer a bill on Thursday extending Medicaid to an estimated 300,000 low-income uninsured Arizonans, transforming the state into the unlikeliest of Obamacare allies at a critical time for the White House.

The vote is the end of a chapter, though not the book, on Obamacare in Republican-led Arizona, where Brewer defied — and sometimes confounded — her base. She not only supported the Medicaid expansion, but took extraordinary measures to push for its passage. Other GOP governors who backed Medicaid were not nearly so emphatic in fighting back against balky Legislatures.

Brewer, however, spoke loudly and carried a big stick — crisscrossing the state to promote expansion and shame detractors. This month she started vetoing a stream of unrelated bills to pry her top priority loose from Republicans, and she brought them back into special session.

Oof. The specially assembled legislators in the state House passed the bill in the wee hours of the morning, and the Senate followed through this afternoon, after which her office released the following statement:

I am grateful to the Arizona lawmakers who have acted with courage and conviction by completing the people’s business.

With landmark votes today in the House and Senate, legislators have tackled the issue that is Job One every session — adoption of a responsible State budget — and enacted Arizona’s most sweeping health care legislation in decades. …

This Medicaid Restoration Plan does not solve all of Arizona’s health care challenges. But it will extend cost-effective care to Arizona’s working poor, using the very tax dollars our citizens already pay to the federal government. it will help prevent our rural and safety-net hospitals from closing their doors. And it will boost our economy by creating more than 20,000 jobs at a time when Arizona needs them most.

Uh huh. Brewer certainly isn’t the only Republican governor to fall in behind rapacious domino-effect of state-by-state Medicaid expansion, one of the biggest and most expensive components of ObamaCare — Susana Martinez and Chris Christie in the more blue-leaning New Mexico and New Jersey, as well as John Kasich in Ohio and Rick Scott in Florida — but it certainly looks like she put up the most impressively aggressive fight in the law’s favor.

Some apt closing reminders about the Medicaid-expansion provision, courtesy of Philip Klein at the Washington Examiner:

Though federal taxpayers pay for 100 percent of the Medicaid expansion at first, over time, that percentage dwindles to 90 percent, exposing states to a huge financial burden. In 2012, Medicaid already accounted for 24 percent of state budgets nationwide, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers, making it larger than than any other component of spending, including education. The expansion of Medicaid is projected to cost $710 billion over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office, but it could be more if more Republican governors such as Brewer fight successfully to expand the program. Last month, a major study found that Medicaid does not approve the physical health of its beneficiaries.


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Makes me even more proud that Wisconsin rejected this.

Steve Eggleston on June 13, 2013 at 8:05 PM

…so she’s a fake!

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2013 at 8:06 PM

You ever get the feeling that the RNC has been well and truly infiltrated…

Skywise on June 13, 2013 at 8:06 PM

You ever get the feeling that the RNC has been well and truly infiltrated…

Skywise on June 13, 2013 at 8:06 PM

by Tea Party extremists

Capitalist Hog on June 13, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Another fake and phony. UGH

gophergirl on June 13, 2013 at 8:07 PM

You ever get the feeling that the RNC has been well and truly infiltrated…

Skywise on June 13, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Only on days ending in “day”.

Steve Eggleston on June 13, 2013 at 8:08 PM

If only we had some GOP politicians who would use such tremendous amounts of tenacity, street smarts, & muscle to advance conservative policies.

itsnotaboutme on June 13, 2013 at 8:08 PM

B&tch!

annoyinglittletwerp on June 13, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Par for the course with this whole obamacare debacle–extreme measures to push it over any and all objections.

Vanceone on June 13, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Last month, a major study found that Medicaid does not approve the physical health of its beneficiaries.

Unless that’s a Freudian slip, I believe it should be “Medicaid does not improve the physical health of its beneficiaries”.

Then again, terms like Renewal and Carrousel are about to be in vogue.

Steve Eggleston on June 13, 2013 at 8:10 PM

NSA got to her too?!

can_con on June 13, 2013 at 8:11 PM

She can go directly to Hell.

The Senate is currently debating a sweeping immigration reform bill that would legalize millions of immigrants, and the House’s vote on deferred action was seen as a parting shot on the issue. King asked two of the main champions of the reform bill—Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. John McCain—to “guard” the door to his office in his cantankerous tweets.

These are NOT “immigrants”. These are illegal aliens.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Obama has her by her throat, for a time now.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Thank God our fire-breathing conservative in the Texas Legislature manage to kill EVERY sneaky attempt to get this through. The Dems and RINOs tried repeatedly.
The Tea Parties were VERY active in messaging on this.
Also Kudos go to the FLorida legislature as well.

michaelo on June 13, 2013 at 8:13 PM

by Tea Party extremists

Capitalist Hog on June 13, 2013 at 8:07 PM

R U Meghan McCain?!

Skywise on June 13, 2013 at 8:14 PM

It’s like some Stepford shite groing on…

catmman on June 13, 2013 at 8:15 PM

WTF, Jan? I suppose the finger wagging she gave teh one was some odd sign of affection.

freedomfirst on June 13, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Makes me even more proud that Wisconsin rejected this.

Steve Eggleston on June 13, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Yep. Walker shows his stamina.

MadisonConservative on June 13, 2013 at 8:18 PM

by Tea Party extremists

Capitalist Hog on June 13, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Yeah, those crazy skeptics of government turned out to be really paranoid, right?

MadisonConservative on June 13, 2013 at 8:19 PM

A study in Texas, well before Obamacrap passed, showed this Medicaid expansion costing Texas 80 times what Obamacrap promoters were touting. The traitors averaged Medicaid costs across all 50 states as one of their tricks to make it deficit neutral. I don’t imagine Arizona is all that different than Texas in terms of illegals, which will drive the cost of this debacle beyond what any one state can handle. Obama’s way of tanking the southern economy I suppose.

txhsmom on June 13, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Huh, we take a step forward and lose 4 steps going backwards…

Conservatives cannot win for losing…

Politicians make me sick…

Scrumpy on June 13, 2013 at 8:21 PM

txhsmom on June 13, 2013 at 8:21 PM
I’m really glad to be in Texas, right now.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 13, 2013 at 8:23 PM

God I really do hate my State government sometimes…

For being a red state we sure do produce a whole lot of Purple leaders or Blue reps hiding out behind a ‘R’…

And just like everywhere else in this country, EVERY news outlet in this state just can’t help but praise anything liberal.

nextgen_repub on June 13, 2013 at 8:23 PM

snip…Obama’s way of tanking the southern economy I suppose.
txhsmom on June 13, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Not just the south…the whole fricking country…

Politicians make me sick …

Scrumpy on June 13, 2013 at 8:23 PM

WTF, Jan? I suppose the finger wagging she gave teh one was some odd sign of affection.

freedomfirst on June 13, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Can we review the tape? Maybe it really was more of a “come-hither” finger curl than a wag…

Double-crossing, fake *ss conservatives…

nextgen_repub on June 13, 2013 at 8:25 PM

It ain’t nuthing tho, just about control…

Scrumpy on June 13, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Traitor!

TX-96 on June 13, 2013 at 8:26 PM

I had such hopes for her…evidently, she’s just another Obama puppet.

xmanvietnam on June 13, 2013 at 8:27 PM

TX-96 on June 13, 2013 at 8:26 PM

How about this one:
SCRUNT!

annoyinglittletwerp on June 13, 2013 at 8:27 PM

When Arizona starts footing more and more of the bill out of their general fund, Brewer had better hope she’s long gone.

GarandFan on June 13, 2013 at 8:28 PM

SCRUNT!
annoyinglittletwerp on June 13, 2013 at 8:27 PM

me likey alt!!! :-D

Scrumpy on June 13, 2013 at 8:28 PM

GarandFan on June 13, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Come on now GarandFan, she will raise taxes eh?!!!

Scrumpy on June 13, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Brewer will REGRET handing obama this victory, and paving the way for obamacare.

Pork-Chop on June 13, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Here’s an idea. Let’s get a list. Let’s publish it everywhere we speak, post, talk etc. Rubio, Ryan, Brewer etc….these people are no different than the Republicans we thought we were booting out in 2010.

There are very few principled and good decent folks left. These people must be rejected at the ballot box.

Ca97 on June 13, 2013 at 8:30 PM

I guess the NSA found something on her, too….

cthulhu on June 13, 2013 at 8:31 PM

But, why did she do it?

tomas on June 13, 2013 at 8:31 PM

and the difference between a democrat & republican is ….what?

roflmmfao

donabernathy on June 13, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Are there enough principled people left in America that even care any more?

We are losing ground, more and more every day.

The stinkin’ pols do not listen…

I mean why would they eh?

They got theirs already, and so eff the rest…

SCRUNTS all of them (h/t to alt)

Scrumpy on June 13, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Capitalist Hog on June 13, 2013 at 8:07 PM

R U Meghan McCain?!

Skywise on June 13, 2013 at 8:14 PM

…no!…he’s a bigger pig!…she’s a sow!

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2013 at 8:34 PM

So disappointed.

bernzright777 on June 13, 2013 at 8:34 PM

I say let the m’fer burn…

L.i.B

Scrumpy on June 13, 2013 at 8:35 PM

bernzright777 on June 13, 2013 at 8:34 PM

She ain’t the first and neither will she be the last…

Stick around more disappointment to come…

Scrumpy on June 13, 2013 at 8:36 PM

I wonder what they had on her..?

d1carter on June 13, 2013 at 8:36 PM

R U Meghan McCain?!

Skywise on June 13, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Boss Hog is much fatter if you can believe it.

VegasRick on June 13, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Yet another Republican reading ‘Seppuku for Dummies’.

Say, Gov. Brewer, what is up with Phoenix being the kidnap capitol of the world, anyway? Do you enjoy having that going on while you fiddle with Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion? You could be asking your legislature to get more funds to stop the kidnapping, you know…

ajacksonian on June 13, 2013 at 8:39 PM

d1carter on June 13, 2013 at 8:36 PM

That right there is now the only way to look at things…

What do they have on any con/repub that flips…

Scrumpy on June 13, 2013 at 8:39 PM

by Tea Party extremists

Capitalist Hog on June 13, 2013 at 8:07 PM

They say pigs are on of the more intelligent animals, but a pig is still pretty Fluking stupid compared to humans.

NotCoach on June 13, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Gov. Brewer pushes through ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion in Arizona

Good for her. Obamacare is the law of the land. Get used to it. You will probably find out most of the law’s components are good for you and your family.

HotAirLib on June 13, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Stinks in here…

Someone let the SCRUNT out!!

Scrumpy on June 13, 2013 at 8:42 PM

what, she feared that being against this medicaid expansion would make haters scream “why do you not care about people’s health??” i thought she was the type of person to stand up and do the right thing even when faced with opposition. i thought she was tough, i thought we could trust her. guess i was wrong.

so disappointing. i really liked her.

Sachiko on June 13, 2013 at 8:43 PM

What’s a scrunt? Is it similar to a mooch?

GhoulAid on June 13, 2013 at 8:46 PM

I don’t know but all of these former conservatives changing stripes make me thing that the NSA has something on them or their loved ones. In retrospect, the same could be said for John Roberts.

This has been a hallmark of 0bama and his thugocracy.

jukin3 on June 13, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Fellow Arizonans,, it ain’t over. Frank Antenori is all over this. Voter prop time. The left loves them. Now we do.

http://urapc.org/#2831.

Shove it back up her arse.

We have the benefit of it being a NO vote. voters vote NO on most props.

wolly4321 on June 13, 2013 at 8:50 PM

GhoulAid on June 13, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Stupid c…

annoyinglittletwerp on June 13, 2013 at 8:51 PM

HotAirLib, any thoughts on Syria? Ready to send some troops to someone else’s civil war?

smoothsailing on June 13, 2013 at 8:52 PM

I am in Arizona and we have been sold out by all the so called republican. McCain Flake Brewer. We are screwed

Jacob_Mccandles on June 13, 2013 at 8:52 PM

And the embarrassing picture of Gov. Brewer with a young ______________________ that NSA has caused her to do what?

ex Dem from Miami on June 13, 2013 at 8:54 PM

what a crazy kook

http://youtu.be/vWnA8RRqKFs

dom89031 on June 13, 2013 at 8:55 PM

The “hospital bed tax” is Unconstitutional as well.

Lawsuits will fly.

wolly4321 on June 13, 2013 at 8:55 PM

dom89031 on June 13, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Buzz off, Ronbot.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 13, 2013 at 8:56 PM

The “hospital bed tax” is Unconstitutional as well.
wolly4321 on June 13, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Awwwwwww say it ain’t so wolly, her idea or is this another ‘surprise’ in the o’care bill…

Scrumpy on June 13, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Most of you don’t know Frank Antenori. He’s a frigging pit bull. Retired Green Beret. Think Allen West. Fearless. He’s pushing the prop.

WE WILL STOP THIS.

wolly4321 on June 13, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Good for her. Obamacare is the law of the land. Get used to it. You will probably find out most of the law’s components are good for you and your family.

HotAirLib on June 13, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Nope.

I already pay my bills, so having my costs massively increase will do nothing but harm my family.

If Obamacare were intended to save money, it would prosecute and imprison perverts like you who give children HIV at a rate twice that of sub-Saharan Africa.

And it would also prevent perverts and pedophiles like yourself who already abuse the emergency room system from doing so.

But since it does neither of those things, we can be sure that it will not in any way help us or our families, and instead will make things worse for the vast majority of Americans.

It shows what disgusting people liberals like you are that you divert money away from honest hardworking families to pay for your self-inflicted wounds and spreading diseases to children.

northdallasthirty on June 13, 2013 at 9:02 PM

It’s a good thing Republicans aren’t an organized political party, because something like this would fracture them.

claudius on June 13, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Good for her. Obamacare is the law of the land. Get used to it. You will probably find out most of the law’s components are good for you and your family.

HotAirLib on June 13, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Will find out nothing, but that health-care, and the economy overall, are significantly diminished.

rickv404 on June 13, 2013 at 9:03 PM

by Tea Party extremists

Capitalist Hog on June 13, 2013 at 8:07 PM

No one cares what you think, tax-cheating welfare fraud and liar.

Funny how you bash honest hardworking Americans while kissing the feet of and worshiping tax cheats and liars.

Shows what a disgusting pig you truly are. Indeed, do you think anyone here sees you as anything but a liar, a shill, and a cheat?

northdallasthirty on June 13, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Good for her. Obamacare is the law of the land. Get used to it. You will probably find out most of the law’s components are good for you and your family.

HotAirLib on June 13, 2013 at 8:40 PM

A man on the dole never has to suffer the burdens of taxes or regulations. We understand why you support this garbage HAL the fascist.

NotCoach on June 13, 2013 at 9:06 PM

HotAirLib on June 13, 2013 at 8:40 PM

I’m almost 43. You and your fellow leftist f*cktwits don’t know crap about what’s good for me and mine.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 13, 2013 at 9:06 PM

…so she’s a fake!

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Maybe, or perhaps the NSA or some other gestapo agency has some dirt on her and forcing her to play ball.

FloatingRock on June 13, 2013 at 9:07 PM

John Roberts reversed course and declared Obama Care constitutional.
Chris Christy gets chummy with Obama.
Jan Brewer turns on her base and embraces Obama Care.

Wow, all the incriminating evidence dug up by the NSA surveillance program certainly has been put to use by Obama. How else can you explain such reverses?

Black Mail

The Rock on June 13, 2013 at 9:07 PM

GhoulAid on June 13, 2013 at 8:46 PM
Stupid c…
annoyinglittletwerp on June 13, 2013 at 8:51 PM

that’s a mooch alright!

GhoulAid on June 13, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Black Mail…
The Rock on June 13, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Who’s Next!!

Scrumpy on June 13, 2013 at 9:09 PM

When I first saw that picture I thought Lois Lerner had been called back to testify.

claudius on June 13, 2013 at 9:11 PM

by Tea Party extremists

Capitalist Hog on June 13, 2013 at 8:07 PM

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What’s with all the rabid hate and incediary rhetoric, bigot?

ExpressoBold on June 13, 2013 at 9:12 PM

State level Scrumpy. Our State Constitution forbids it.

She’s gonna get her azz sued off.

I don’t know about the rest of the State, but the Tucson tea party is firing back up over this.

Getting the required signatures for a voter prop will be EASY.

The deal is,, you get the sigs, it stops it in its tracks until 2014 election day.

wolly4321 on June 13, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Only on days ending in “day”.

Steve Eggleston on June 13, 2013 at 8:08 PM

LOL…might steal that one ;)

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on June 13, 2013 at 9:22 PM

I just got an email that has a (probably Photoshopped) Columbia U. picture ID of Barry Soetoro, foreign Student.
.
Anybody else got a hit on this?

ExpressoBold on June 13, 2013 at 9:24 PM

…the state House passed the bill in the wee hours of the morning, and the Senate followed through this afternoon, after which her office released the following statement:

I am grateful to the Arizona lawmakers who have acted with courage and conviction by completing the people’s business.

Um, courageous acts in the wee hours of the morning:
Walk of shame
Closing down the local pub
Abetting socialism

…more Sacred Ground…

socalcon on June 13, 2013 at 9:25 PM

by Tea Party extremists

Capitalist Hog on June 13, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Yeppers! That’s why the TEA Party types a livid with the RNC.

Good for her. Obamacare is the law of the land. Get used to it. You will probably find out most of the law’s components are good for you and your family.

HotAirLib on June 13, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Libtards don’t know what’s good for their own families. They sure as hell don’t have the foggiest notion what is good for the economy or country. Libtards are simply some of the dumbest people in our society. There’s lottsa college degrees among them, but they’re all in utterly useless “fields.”

Quartermaster on June 13, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Viva Los Federales!

LegendHasIt on June 13, 2013 at 9:28 PM

The liberal freak show in Raleigh, NC is giving newly elected governor McCrory a Wisconsin-like battle for holding strong. Of course, the media are all on the The Left’s side.

SouthernGent on June 13, 2013 at 9:29 PM

It’s worse than you even know. In the wee hours of the morning they refused to yield the floor for debate whatsoever. And they laughed openly about it. Biggest sham I’ve ever seen. All rules were suspended.

It was a coup.

wolly4321 on June 13, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Viva Lost Federales!

LegendHasIt on June 13, 2013 at 9:28 PM

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Sorry… couldn’t help myself.

ExpressoBold on June 13, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Politicians make me sick…

Scrumpy on June 13, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Me too.

Anti-Control on June 13, 2013 at 9:42 PM

What’s with all the rabid hate and incediary rhetoric, bigot?

ExpressoBold on June 13, 2013 at 9:12 PM

What else would you expect from and stupid & obnoxious bigot like Capitalist Hog Pig?

Anti-Control on June 13, 2013 at 9:45 PM

What else would you expect from and stupid & obnoxious bigot like Crony Crapitalist Hog Pig?
Anti-Control on June 13, 2013 at 9:45 PM

LegendHasIt on June 13, 2013 at 9:49 PM

The liberal freak show in Raleigh, NC is giving newly elected governor McCrory a Wisconsin-like battle for holding strong. Of course, the media are all on the The Left’s side.

SouthernGent on June 13, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Tell McCrory to hang tough. It works.

Steve Eggleston on June 13, 2013 at 9:51 PM

What else would you expect from and stupid & obnoxious bigot like Crony Crapitalist Hog Pig?
Anti-Control on June 13, 2013 at 9:45 PM

LegendHasIt on June 13, 2013 at 9:49 PM

haha

Thank you for the edit. It jarred my thinking, and made me realize you are right! :)

Anti-Control on June 13, 2013 at 9:56 PM

I wonder what the NSA dug up on her? One by one…

ghostwalker1 on June 13, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Well. This redoubt was not supposed to crumble. Seems we have the statists (Dems) and those who refuse to challenge it (GOP for the most part).

AshleyTKing on June 13, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Anti-Control on June 13, 2013 at 9:45 PM
LegendHasIt on June 13, 2013 at 9:49 PM

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I just thought I’d point it out, yet again…

ExpressoBold on June 13, 2013 at 10:05 PM

F*ck it.

Let it burn.

Hell – burn it. I’m done.

Midas on June 13, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Skank.

Jaibones on June 13, 2013 at 10:13 PM


Maybe, or perhaps the NSA or some other gestapo agency has some dirt on her and forcing her to play ball.

FloatingRock on June 13, 2013 at 9:07 PM

John Roberts reversed course and declared Obama Care constitutional.
Chris Christy gets chummy with Obama.
Jan Brewer turns on her base and embraces Obama Care.

Wow, all the incriminating evidence dug up by the NSA surveillance program certainly has been put to use by Obama. How else can you explain such reverses?

Black Mail

The Rock on June 13, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Awesome, ain’t it?

That’s where we are; there’s no way back from here. No one will, should, or can ever believe again that this is not the case. This is where our government has brought us – there is no civil way back.

Midas on June 13, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Another repub to recommend a no vote for.My list gets longer every day.Matter of fact I don’t think I will be voting again for anyone,not even the local dog catcher.

docflash on June 13, 2013 at 10:17 PM

un-elect them.

losarkos on June 13, 2013 at 10:18 PM

libertarian looking better all da time.

losarkos on June 13, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Arizona has a few of these state wide elected officials have pattern of having a great record, then nose diving for atrocious and devastatingly bad agenda’s. Flake is for amnesty, Brewer for Obamacare. McCain has always been bad.

ritewhit on June 13, 2013 at 10:29 PM

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