“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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28, 2011
CONTACT: Eric Van Epps
Phoenix, AZ – To paraphrase President Reagan’s rebuke to “Fritz” Mondale, “Andrei, Andrei, Andrei, there you go again.” Last Monday, Andrei Cherny attacked Arizona Republican legislators for upholding Arizona unemployment laws. The Chairman of the Arizona Democrat Party may feel obligated to advocate that economic and employment concerns can best be solved by ever larger government subsidization but history clearly shows he is wrong.
Arizona Republican legislators look to abide by statutes which have been in place for the past three decades. Democrats should be ashamed for trying to exploit loopholes which would only increase our nation’s debt and not address the real problem, which is President Obama’s lack of focus on a declining job market.
Cherny dares to advocate that the responsible decisions made by our republican leadership only aim to punish struggling families and rob our state’s economy. Much like a child with a new credit card, Cherny fails to grasp the concept of borrowed money and doesn’t seem to understand that an increase in unemployment benefits from a year and a half to two years will only increase the fourteen trillion dollar debt already owed by America’s taxpayers.
Unemployment benefits were designed to provide stopgap financial assistance while an individual was between jobs; unemployment was never intended to serve as income for a prolonged period of time. Intrusive big government solutions instituted by President Obama have served only to extend and deepen America’s financial crisis.
“Band-Aids serve their purpose,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Tom Morrissey, “But Band-Aids will never mend a severed limb. Instead of lengthening unemployment benefits, democrats need to support policies that will create jobs.”
While democrats in Arizona and Washington scheme to come up with new ways that exacerbate our rising unemployment problems, Republicans look to loosen regulations, lower costs and bring back many of the jobs that have been lost overseas.
Chairman Morrissey continued, “You can only ignore a problem for so long.
Eventually you have to address that problem and do something about it. I believe that by passing a jobs bill the Republican legislature has acknowledged the problem and taken the right path that will solve our state and our nation’s economic problems.”
Wildfires continue to burn throughout Arizona forcing many people to flee their homes, often without knowing when or if they’ll be able to return. I would like to ask each and every one of you to take a few moments of your time, a few dollars, or a few spare items from your cabinets to support our neighbors in their time of need.
Members of Arizona Smart Girl Politics in conjunction with Sparkle Cleaners and 5 Star Termite and Pest Control are sponsoring relief efforts in the form of a donation drive for those affected. Below are a number of items that are desperately needed to help victims of this catastrophe. You can drop off your donations at my office, 3323 N. Campbell Ave, Ste 6, or at any one of the other locations listed below:
Rincon Ventures: 3323 N. Campbell Avenue, Suite 6, Tucson
5 Star Termite & Pest Control: 1002 S. Pantano Road, Tucson
Any Sparkle Cleaners Location in the Tucson Area
These are the Items needed for donation:
*Pull-Ups of all sizes
*Travel sized shampoo and conditioners
*All personal hygiene items for adults and children
*Toothpaste, toothbrushes and other dental care items
*Walmart, Target or KMart gift cards in $5 or $10 denominations to be given to families in need while sheltered.
For those who would like to make monetary donations, you may do so through either Wells Fargo Bank or the National Bank of Arizona simply by dropping off cash or a check for “Cochise County Monument Fire”. Also, donations are being accepted through the Red Cross of Southern Arizona.
I know that all of us here in Southern Arizona are praying for some rain, for the monsoons to arrive and douse these fires, for as many people and homes to be spared as possible, for the brave men and women fighting these fires. I join you in those prayers, and I’m asking you to take one step further. Join me in helping to provide a displaced family with something of need.
In a happy coincidence, I saw a new World Bank study on entitlements and economic growth on the same day a lawsuit against cuts to Arizona’s Medicaid benefits was filed. The World Bank study provides evidence that while reinstatement of the Medicaid benefits might help some right away, in the long run it would likely hurt us all economically, including the people the lawsuit seeks to help.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit want to restore Medicaid spending on adults with incomes above the federal minimum and up to the poverty level. Arizona has covered these individuals under a voter initiative passed in 2001. A tobacco tax was supposed to cover the expense, but it has never come close to funding the population covered by the initiative, requiring general funds to make up the difference. The legislature reduced this expense in an effort to balance the state’s budget.
The World Bank study looks at 100 nations over the last 30 years. It finds that economic and political freedoms, where individuals decide how to earn and spend their money, boost economic growth. Entitlements—tax-supported benefits like health care and welfare—either do not enhance economic growth or negatively affect it.
The lesson is that while social spending might be based on good intentions, entitlement programs can harm both those who make social spending possible and the recipients. As the author of the World Bank study put it, “For developed countries, [the study’s results] suggest that prioritizing economic freedom over social entitlements could be an effective way to reform the welfare state and make it more sustainable and equitable in the long run.”
In other words, deregulation, low taxes, and limited market interference make a society more prosperous, which ultimately reduces the need for social spending.
Dr. Byron Schlomach is the director of the Goldwater Institute’s Center for Economic Prosperity.
Goldwater Institute: Put Arizona on a Real Budget: New Spending Limit Can Restore State’s Fiscal Health
Devastating photos of the once booming American city Detroit, Michigan were brought to my attention yesterday. Watch this video as photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre reveal the Ruins of Detroit.
What would lead to such devastating outcomes? I would argue several factors.
1. Industrial Exodus: Probably the most dramatic and immediate factor for the decline as major companies either went out of business or packed up operations and moved to more favorable business climates. One thing I cannot document without detailed research is whether the companies moved to other states or oversees altogether. I would presume that the majority of these companies moved to southeast Asia where labor is cheaper.
2. Impact of Unions: Most likely the rising influence of unions over the last few decades probably led to an increase in the cost of doing business. This probably forced these companies to relocate to right-to-work states or oversees where labor is cheaper.
3. Increase in Corporate Tax Rates: Another indirect result of raising taxes on Michigan-based companies, the cost of doing business increased on these companies which led to their demise or departure to more tax-friendly business climates.
4. Decline of an Ownership Society: As government and business interests conflicted, more people lost their jobs and ended up dependent on government to survive. With no personal investment in owning property, the result is no pride in ownership.
5. Inherently Doomed Public Education System: a union-controlled public education system with a voracious appetite for a rapidly declining tax base and no desire to be innovative is probably the major reason for a population of individuals who lack even basic math and reading skills. (I’d like to see how the private schools are doing in comparison.)
Now it’s your turn. I’d love to read other’s thoughts and comments about what happened in Detroit and especially how Arizona is different in the factors I’ve mentioned.
PHOENIX–Most Arizona families that receive welfare assistance have no one in the home working or training for a full-time job despite a federal mandate to do so, according to a new report from the Goldwater Institute.
In 1996, Congress passed a series of reforms commonly known as welfare-to-work, which reduced the number of people nationwide receiving direct welfare benefits from 4.4 million to 1.7 million by 2007. Welfare-to-work required states to motivate people on welfare to find at least part-time work or to enter job training to prepare for a new career.
Initially, Arizona had success with welfare-to-work. But once the state reduced its welfare enrollment by half, the federal government no longer held Arizona accountable for additional progress. In 2007, 9,662 Arizona families receiving welfare had at least one adult in the house who could work, but didn’t put in a single hour during the week. That made up 60 percent of all work-eligible welfare families.
In Making Welfare Work: Reforming Arizona’s Welfare System to Help Families and Save Money, Katherine K. Bradley, a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation, explains that other states continue to encourage welfare recipients to find work or job training with additional restrictions that go beyond the federal rules. “Arizona should consider reforms that would move more families into jobs and reduce the current welfare caseload in order to improve citizens’ independence and save millions of taxpayer dollars,” Ms. Bradley says.
Ms. Bradley suggests several steps that Arizona could take to move more people off of welfare, including:
· Set higher targets for getting welfare recipients into jobs or training. Hold staff at Department of Economic Security accountable for reaching those benchmarks.
· Require able-bodied recipients to immediately begin a four-week job search program. Recipients should report daily to a training site and log at least 30 hours a week of job search and training activity.
· Deny an entire welfare check the first time someone fails to report for work or job training.
· Require all parents of children receiving welfare payments to work. Illegal immigrants aren’t eligible for TANF checks, but their U.S.-born children are. U.S. citizens and immigrants alike should be required to work to support their children.
· Rely on private employers and community groups to manage work training and job placement.
Such requirements allowed Georgia to increase its work participation rate from 11 percent to 65 percent in three years, and Texas reduced its welfare enrollment by nearly half between 2003 and 2006.
Read Making Welfare Work: Reforming Arizona’s Welfare System to Help Families and Save Money online or call (602) 462-5000 to have a copy mailed to you.
The Goldwater Institute is an independent government watchdog supported by people who are committed to expanding free enterprise and liberty.
ARIZONA GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE JOHN MUNGER CALLS FOR LEGAL ACTION AGAINST HEALTH CARE REFORM FIASCO
(PHOENIX, AZ) January 4, 2010 – Republican Gubernatorial candidate John Munger released the following statement today:
“Like many Americans, I am outraged at the sweetheart deals Congress has cut in order to win passage of recent health care reform legislation. Using financial breaks on Medicaid costs to buy votes from Nebraska and other states is not only unseemly, it’s unconstitutional. More than a dozen other state attorneys general agree with this legal position and they are taking appropriate action.”
“I call on Arizona Attorney General Goddard to join these other states and investigate the constitutionality of this blatant vote buying. Arizona cannot and should not pay the bill for this unseemly bribe, especially when our state finances are in such dire straits.”
More information on John Munger’s comprehensive plan for health care and medical malpractice reform for Arizona is available at http://www.johnmunger.com/healthcarereform