Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Jan Brewer Does Something Right

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

I have spent a considerable amount of time criticizing Arizona’s mean-spirited governor, Jan Brewer, over the past few years, so I think it only fair when the governor finally does something positive that I should note that as well.  Recently Brewer announced, to almost everyone’s surprise in the Scorpion State, that she has reconsidered her opposition to Medicaid expansion and now supports the program which will bring a gusher of new money to Arizona and would offer free medical care to individuals making below 138% of the federal poverty level.

Initially that will increase the federal contribution to Arizona’s Medicaid program to $1.6 billion while maintaining a state match of only $250 million a year.  The Arizona portion is funded by a levy on hospitals. 

Better health care for Arizona’s neediest citizens – funded by the federal government.  What’s not to like?

The Democrats in the state legislature appear to be with the governor in supporting this facet of the Obamacare program, but Republicans are having a tough time agreeing with anything that smacks of cooperating with the federal government or aiding the poor.  Some are worried that the state won’t be able to make up the difference when the federal portion declines in a couple of years, but the governor has promised to add a “circuit-breaker”to the legislation that will opt Arizona out of the program if the federal share drops below a certain level.  Others are expressing concerns about the negative impact that they feel this new federal expenditure will have on the national budget  - although that is by no means certain, and the Obama administration argues that better national health care will have a positive result with regard to the federal budget.

Yesterday Governor Brewer held a rally of physicians and nurses at the state capitol in support of the Medicaid expansion.  Notable bystanders to the event included a contingent of Arizona teabaggers who were adamant and vocal in their opposition to Obamacare and Medicaid expansion.    The baggers aren’t happy with anything that comes from the Obama administration or benefits the poor – and keep your dirty hands off of their Medicare!

So what’s the difference between an Arizona scorpion and an Arizona teabagger?    The scorpion is smarter and much more pleasant. 

Governor Brewer, thank you for showing a bit of humanity.  Here’s hoping it becomes a habit.

1 comment:

Xobekim said...

The formula is mean ≠ stupid.