There's a reason why surveys show that Arizona voters overwhelmingly support the Medicaid Restoration plan passed by the Arizona State Legislature and signed by Governor Brewer. Even Arizona’s conservative thought leaders agree that it’s the right plan.
"Some now attack Gov Brewer for changing her position...They are wrong. This is not an academic exercise.... A governor must see these facts as they are -- not as she wishes they were. And she must act to protect her state against the range of bad outcomes which might be coming."
- Governor Fife Symington
"The truth is her proposal is a relatively minor expansion of the current coverage already required by Arizona voters through the passage of Proposition 204 in 2000,...opposition to the governor's proposal ignores the current legal framework for Medicaid coverage and the relatively few realistic options that are available to Arizona."
- Kevin McCarthy, Arizona Tax Research Association
"The reason to approve Brewer's Medicaid expansion is that it is sound social and fiscal policy. The state can provide better health care to low-income adults at less state and local public cost and with a reduced burden on providers, particularly hospitals."
- Robert Robb, Conservative Columnist
"In the future, we may return to a model in which AHCCCS is actually a safety net and most people are covered through private insurance, but we aren't there yet. If we eliminate AHCCCS or even just reduce eligibility, those newly-uncovered people aren't going to suddenly migrate to private insurance policies. We'll have the worst of both worlds...government health care supported solely by state government and soon to be bankrupt private hospitals."
- Greg Patterson, Espresso Pundit
"In 2010, Republicans in Arizona made tough choices. As Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, I supported our Governor in passing a temporary sales tax increase, reforming spending programs and balancing the budget. Republican leadership needs to step forward and make another smart choice – follow the Governor's lead. She's been proven right before!"
- Former GOP Chairman Randy Pullen
" When people get sick and can't afford the bill, they show up at the emergency room. Studies have shown that an average family's insurance premium is approximately $2,000 higher in order to cover the health care costs of people showing up at the hospital who cannot pay. This hidden health care tax hurts businesses and makes Arizona uncompetitive."
- Mike Broomhead, Conservative Radio Host