Open Letter to Governor Brewer

February 14, 2013

The Honorable Janice K. Brewer
Arizona Governor
Executive Tower
1700 West Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona  85007

Dear Governor Brewer:

You have approved the expansion of Medicaid within the State of Arizona.  One of your stated reasons for approving Medicaid expansion was based upon the notion that there would be no cost to the General Fund.

You based your reasoning on the fact that the federal government will match 100% for the first three years (2014-2016) and 90% thereafter.  However, the State will have to pay 10%. This will have to come from the general fund.

Further, federal government spending is unsustainable. The federal government does not have the funding required to match 90% of the cost. What happens when the federal government reduces its share to 50%?  The federal government will not allow Arizona to opt out of the Medicare expansion once it opts in. Your egregious decision places Arizona in financial jeopardy.

Notwithstanding the fact that Medicaid is a broken entitlement program with which most physicians refuse to participate, your endorsement of the expansion is a specific policy endorsement of a draconian health care law. Obamacare needs repeal not endorsement.

When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, health care was instantly rationed. One cannot add 46 million people to the health care mix without adding substantial numbers of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurses.  It will take decades to produce enough health care personnel to overcome health care rationing. Promoting Medicaid expansion without a proportional increase in all medical personnel just assures that health care will be rationed for Medicaid recipients.

Say “no” to Medicaid expansion.

Richard D. Brinkley

Chair, GOP LD 11


  1. Brewer is still listening to the wrong people. We have spoken, again one of our elected officials refuses to listen. McCain, McFlake and now McBrewer are all cut from the same cloth, they seem to think they are the best arbitors of what we want instead of us.

    Lets hope we get a good Conservative to run for Governor, no open borders Holman or Smith. Both are too Liberal.

    • I agree. The thrill of POWER drives some politicians to believe they are Kings and Queens. They are supposed to represent the citizens. Join the tea party, become active, and stop this madness.

      • Leiann Anderson says

        Iris! Just learned your name from Katie Miller. Can’t wait to read your book titled “Self-Empowerment.” You can imagine my surprise tonight.

  2. AnObservation says

    It is quite clear to me that Governor Brewer is a Communist fellow traveler.

  3. Leiann Anderson says

    Thank you, Chairman Brinkley! Governor Brewer violated our sacred trust on this decision. Her opening day delivery at the Arizona Legislature is an underhanded “bait and switch!”

    Arizonans must turn up the heat to reverse the path this cruelty delivers to Medicaid victims. Misery becomes misery to the 10th power in the hands of an unelected bureaucrat. These same bureaucrats are handed authority to raise your taxes. Capitulation to OBAMACARE!!

  4. Have your LD and County Chair write to Governor Brewer…I am making that request to Cochise Co Chair and LD 14 this morning.

  5. Contact your county and LD chair and request a similar letter to the Governor. They represent the rank and file and OUR voice must be heard. I have done such a request this morning.

  6. Jill Arizona says

    Well said Brinkley, I fully agree!

  7. Both LD 14 – Tom Crosby and Cochise County Republican Committee Casey Jones HAVE written a letter to the Governor OPPOSING the expansion of medicaid.

  8. Very clearly expressed. Great letter.

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