Skip to comments.Brewer says killing "Obamacare" now could cripple the state budget
Posted on 10/10/2013 11:21:33 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather
Gov. Jan Brewer said Wednesday that she does not want U.S. House Republicans to succeed in their bid to shut down the Affordable Care Act, saying it would devastate the state budget.
Brewer said she has never been a fan of Obamacare. And she pointed out she was among several governors who sued unsuccessfully to have it declared unconstitutional.
But the governor said once it was clear the law would take effect, she sought ways to have Arizona take advantage of a key provision rewarding states that expand their Medicaid programs. In this state, that is the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, which she described as the gold standard of Medicaid programs.
And she said that made it worthwhile to fight with members of her own Republican Party, to the point of forming an alliance with legislative Democrats, to push the plan through.
The bottom line is we need that money in our economy to save rural hospitals and jobs in the rural areas, the governor said, as well as making sure hospitals in metropolitan areas, where most AHCCCS patients are seen, get paid. Its all about jobs and getting back federal dollars that our taxpayers have paid to the federal government, to bring them home.
Brewer estimates the Affordable Care Act will produce $1.6 billion in payments a year to the states Medicaid program. And she said there is no direct cost to Arizona taxpayers, with the states share being paid by a tax on hospitals.
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sucks to be you Brewer.. Nobody forced you accept those funds.
That was the whole purchase of Obamacare. MORE dependency on Federal (Democrat) government.
Well you shouldn’t have put all your eggs in one basket...
Let me translate: I will certainly turn my back on my principles if it will make my state budget look bad, since I also turned my back on principle a few months ago......
Bye Jan. Like Jindal, you make a nice move, then stop short........
Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
That’s what happens when you hitch you wagon to a dead horse.
Behold the infantile screams when the federal teet is withdrawn.
“sucks to be you Brewer.. Nobody forced you accept those funds.”
Right. In fact, I believe the people who voted her into office were quite angry when she decided to do so.
Zero sympathy, Governor. I’m pissed I’ll be one of the folks who will have to bail you out for this act of stupidity. WE WARNED YOU that expanding our version of Medicaid would cost us a fortune, but YOU WOULDN’T LISTEN.
(Sorry about the shouting. Well, not really. I’ve never liked her.)
Brewer said she has never been a fan of Obamacare.”
I was against the bill before I was for it.
Boo Freakin’ Hoo Jan . . . no sympathy for RINO Gov’s.
She could have done what Nikky Haley did - nullification.
It’s amazing how similar government is to habit forming narcotics. She jonesin’ for that fix. Runny nose, incoherant speech, the whole nine yards.
>> take advantage of a key provision rewarding states that expand their Medicaid programs.
This is why America is dying...or dead already. States compete to increase spending so they can take a bigger slice of the federal pie.
Jan, Arizona would have to change their laws back. Simple as that! Undo the bad deeds for your people, leader.
What? Jindal said he likes Obama Care?
It’s already that entrenched?!