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SargeUNN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:31 PM
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Gov. Jan Brewer nows thinks she can defeat healthcare
Edited on Wed Jun-30-10 05:34 PM by SargeUNN
Governor Jan Brewer has sent the following new correspondence to all members of Arizonas congressional delegation regarding unfunded healthcare mandates and maintenance of effort requirements. Congress has continued to hide the true costs of federal healthcare reform by saddling state taxpayers with the costs. In Arizona alone, the new mandate could create a new $400 million in Arizonas state budget.

June 30, 2010

The Honorable John McCain
United States Senate
241 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-0303

Dear Senator McCain:

I have, on numerous occasions, written you and our President regarding federal healthcare reform efforts, and the pressures that these unfunded mandates and maintenance of effort requirements have placed on Arizonas budget. I have repeatedly highlighted the dismal economic and fiscal situations facing our great State. These challenges include the fact that Arizona has lost the largest percentage of jobs in the United States and that this downturn has resulted in a loss of over 30 percent of state revenues. During the past year, we faced and resolved -- one of the largest budget deficits of any state.

It has been a long, hard struggle to return our state to a path of fiscal stability. We have made some very painful reductions in state spending across all areas of government the largest reductions in the history of Arizona state government. We have entered into debt arrangements that have brought us national attention. And I am pleased that our voters understood the severity of our circumstances when, on May 18, 2010, they overwhelmingly passed a temporary one-cent increase in the state sales tax to ensure sufficient support for critical core state services like education and public safety until our states revenue base can recover.

Unfortunately, the solutions available to us to balance our budget have been repeatedly curtailed by the spending mandates imposed by the federal government, particularly those related to Medicaid. As you know, Arizonas Medicaid program covers all residents up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level, including childless adults and other populations that most states currently do not cover. One component of our efforts to balance the budget included a potential reduction in these previously federally-optional populations. However, despite my numerous
requests for consideration from Congress, the federal health care reform legislation included a maintenance of effort (MOE) requirement that effectively prohibits states from reducing their Medicaid eligibility. The passage of this legislation has directly resulted in an almost $400 million hole in Arizonas FY 2011 budget, and will cost almost $1 billion in FY 2012.

Despite its alluring title, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has essentially locked states into their existing Medicaid program eligibility and spending obligations. That means that if states are to realize any significant savings within their Medicaid programs, they must slash provider rates,

The Honorable John McCain
June 30, 2010
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eliminate optional benefits, or raise revenues. Arizona has already done all of the above. We cannot continue to fund our Medicaid program on the backs of the very health care providers upon whom we rely to care for not only our Medicaid members but all Arizonans. And we cannot ask Arizonans to foot the bill for yet more unfunded Congressional mandates. We are not the federal governments ATM.

I have been following with great interest discussions surrounding an extension of the increased federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) that was included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and scheduled to expire on December 31, 2010. Although I am troubled by rampant federal spending and our increasing federal deficit, and I share concerns about undertaking expenditures without an adequate source of funds, I believed its extension was an essential tool to assist states in addressing these unfunded MOE requirements. However, it has become clear that the Congress does not have the will to assist states in addressing the very problem that it created. The failure of the Tax Extenders bill (H.R. 4213) proves the point of my previous correspondence that Arizona, and indeed the nation, cannot afford the Medicaid program it has, let alone an expansion. Consequently, I ask you to strongly consider what seems to me to be the only real alternative drop, or at least relax, the MOE requirements and the massive unfunded federal mandate imposed on states which are already facing significant and, in some cases, unprecedented financial hardship.

We have worked hard to give Arizona the economic comeback it deserves. Please, lets not give Americans another empty promise and prolong the fiscal uncertainty for states. Instead, I ask you to make the tough and necessary decisions to give Arizona and the rest of the nation real solutions they can afford.


Janice K. Brewer

cc: Arizona Congressional Delegation

Paul Senseman
Deputy Chief of Staff - Communications
Office of Governor Janice K. Brewer
1700 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007

sorry about the title but wasn't sure exactly what the witch is saying. She isn't the brightest bulb on the tree you know.
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Mike 03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:35 PM
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1. She is my Governor, and She is Out Of Her Mind
I have sent email after email to her cautioning her that she is making an ass of herself, but she has never responded.

But as the record points out, she is plainly crazy, or at the very least obsessed with her own self-destruction.

Please understand, many of us Arizonans are not supportive of her. We fully understand she is a lunatic who is ignorant of Constitutional Law, and we are embarrassed by our representatives.
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SargeUNN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:39 PM
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3. oh I do know because I live in Phoenix
I have talked to her office and press people as well and it is hard to get them to argue in her favor, but she keeps on keeping on. She thinks she is now a darling of the nation because her SB1070 isn't drawing need the heat or resistence expected so she thinks she is so important. Like I said, she isn't the brightest bulb on the tree. I got that in a press release from her office and I try to post those to keep people aware of what this witch is doing.
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Mike 03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:36 PM
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2. Kick and Rec, and Please write to these horrific people and let them know
what you think.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:41 PM
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4. There are now PSAs here in NM
which is one of the few states that allows illegals to get driver's licenses, register and insure their cars, that NM driver's licenses are not adequate identification in Brewerstan should any of us get stopped there.

It's insane considering licenses issued to illegals are missing the SSN. It's easy to tell the difference.

The message is loud and clear: vacation and spend your money elsewhere.
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Monique1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:50 PM
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5. Gov Jan Brewer
A lady who cannot govern unless she is told by Pearce and his ilk before speaking. She is an idiot who does not have a college education degree.

This governor has been in the sun too long where botox will not help her.

She has destroyed education in this state, she has been against children and health care - time for her to take a cut in salary. the same for her buddies.
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EmeraldCityGrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:06 PM
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6. Sounds like Bush F**ked AZ. big time.
Now we get to listen to them piss and whine. Hope things continue to get worse
for them.
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classysassy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 12:24 AM
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7. I have lived here in Arizona
for over 42 years and we have elected some of the worst governors in the history of America.Ev Mechem and Jan Brewer are at the top of the list.
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