“We are the rank and file grass roots of the Republican Party. …Aside from being Republicans we are Arizonans. The Voters of Arizona reject the state implementation of Obamacare.”
For immediate release:
Legislative District 10 GOP opposes Governor’s Plan for Obamacare Medicaid expansion.
The Republican Precinct Committeemen of Legislative District 10 unanimously passed a resolution
opposing Governor Jan Brewer’s plan to expand Medicaid at our monthly meeting on March 9, 2013.
We have considered the Governor’s March 6th appeal to support her plan, and the information she has
presented to date, but found them wanting:
· The Governor makes an emotional appeal suggesting that if we don’t support her plan to expand
Medicaid, people will die. That is simply not the case. Under Obamacare the Federal
government will directly subsidize private health insurance to those same people. Numerous
studies have shown that private heath insurance provides higher quality care than the
government run Medicaid program.
· Her plan fails to address reasonable alternatives such as the direct Federal subsidy of private
health insurance for the poor already provided for in the Affordable Health Care Act
(Obamacare), and other models such as Wisconsin’s Badgercare. There are alternatives which
minimize or avoid financial burden to the State of Arizona.
· Governor Brewer’s plan ignores and attempts to sidestep the Constitution of the State of
Arizona. It ignores the will of Arizona voters who passed Propositions 106 and 108 to oppose
the implementation of Obamacare in Arizona and to require a super majority vote to raise taxes.
· Her plan unduly benefits select special interests such as large urban for-profit hospitals but
inadequately considers the effect of the “hospital assessment” on small rural hospitals. It fails to
install audit procedures to prevent the hidden tax of “hospital assessments” from being cost
shifted to all Arizonans who use hospitals. Thus the Governor’s plan becomes another example
of the Affordable Health Care Act making health care less affordable.
· The Governor cites support from 110 large corporate interests, governmental agencies, and
public service organizations, many of which will directly benefit from her plan. She does not
address the thousands of small businesses that will carry the brunt of the consequences and
oppose her plan, or the millions of Arizona Voters who have already told her NO.
We are the rank and file grass roots of the Republican Party. We stand with the other Legislative
Districts and County Party Organizations who have stood up to oppose the Medicaid expansion.
Overwhelmingly both the Republican Party leadership and the grass roots oppose the Medicaid
Expansion. Aside from being Republicans we are Arizonans. The Voters of Arizona reject the state
implementation of Obamacare.