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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 08:56 PM

You will never guess which governor is the latest to decide to expand Medicaid

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/14/arizona-medicaid-expansion_n_2474726.html


Arizona Medicaid
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said of one aspect of Obamacare, "We cannot wag our finger at the federal government."

Arizona will participate in the expansion of Medicaid, Gov. Jan Brewer said Monday in her State of the State address, making her the third Republican governor to agree to one of the key components of President Barack Obama's health care reform.

Brewer said that if she did not accept the Medicaid funds for Arizona, other states could claim those federal dollars and create jobs that otherwise would be created in Arizona. Fellow Republican governors Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Brian Sandoval of Nevada also plan to expand Medicaid to anyone who earns up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, which is currently $14,856 for an individual.

But 10 other Republican governors have already decided not to participate. The Supreme Court's 2012 ruling that affirmed Obama's health care law allows states to refuse to take part in the Medicaid expansion.

Although Brewer has been a consistent opponent of Obamacare, she acknowledged Monday that the law is now an unavoidable reality and that Arizona would be worse off turning down the federal dollars that will come with broadening Medicaid.

"Try as we might, the law was upheld by the United States Supreme Court," Brewer said. "The Affordable Care Act is not going anywhere, at least not for the time being."

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surely Hell has frozen over

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Reply You will never guess which governor is the latest to decide to expand Medicaid (Original post)
dsc Jan 2013 OP
Kalidurga Jan 2013 #1
spanone Jan 2013 #2
Terra Alta Jan 2013 #3
bluestate10 Jan 2013 #9
donco Jan 2013 #4
Nye Bevan Jan 2013 #5
Honeycombe8 Jan 2013 #6
Lone_Star_Dem Jan 2013 #10
freshwest Jan 2013 #7
benld74 Jan 2013 #8
drm604 Jan 2013 #11
DonCoquixote Jan 2013 #12
Sophiegirl Jan 2013 #13
dorkulon Jan 2013 #14
Beartracks Jan 2013 #16
Beartracks Jan 2013 #15

Response to dsc (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 09:05 PM

1. You are right...

I would not challenge the veracity of this claim. But, at the same time it is unfreaking believable. She might end up being the least of the bat shit insane if this keeps up. YIKES!!!

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Response to dsc (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 09:11 PM

2. well, duh, governor...and she'll take credit for saving their medicaid

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Response to dsc (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 09:13 PM

3. Jan Brewer showing a sign of sanity?

Or is she just giving up fighting it, considering the Supreme Court ruling?

I say the latter.

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Response to Terra Alta (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 09:58 PM

9. Gee, you beat me to it. Even a rabid, blind squirrel can find an acorn on occasion. Jan

Brewer finally got something right.

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Response to dsc (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 09:21 PM

4. The snow ball

Is on its way down the hill.

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Response to dsc (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 09:22 PM

5. Broken clock nt

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Response to dsc (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 09:25 PM

6. Hell has frozen over. I hope Governor Perry is listening. nt

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #6)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 09:59 PM

10. I seriously doubt it.

Last I read he was talking about cutting taxes for the oil industry in the state, since we had more sales tax than expected in the state. I kid you not.

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Response to dsc (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 09:44 PM

7. Good news.

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Response to dsc (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 09:54 PM

8. The wicked witch of the west must be up for re-election this or next year,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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Response to dsc (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 10:00 PM

11. The dominoes are falling and will pickup speed.

As more and more states accept this, the holdouts will find it more and more difficult to turn down the federal dollars, both financially and politically.

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Response to dsc (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 11:13 PM

12. Not really

Brewer wants to attract retirees, and knows that killing medicaid will scrap that.. I know Rick Scott of Florida should follow suit, but hey, he knows the best the Democrats can do is elect chain gang Charlie Crist, or offer Alex Sink to concede the election to him again.

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Response to dsc (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 11:43 PM

13. If she's gonna wag a finger...

She will do it directly in the POTUS's face, preferably the moment he steps off the plane with a full, uninstructed view for the press.

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Response to dsc (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 11:47 PM

14. She didn't really say that about the finger, did she?



Because that would be weird.

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Response to dorkulon (Reply #14)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 12:14 AM

16. Maybe she was just pointing out mustard on his lip or something?

Just kidding.

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Response to dsc (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 12:12 AM

15. "other states could claim those federal dollars and create jobs "

Just like when Republican governors claimed that ARRA funds didn't help the economy... but were accepting the funds and, um creating jobs with them.

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