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Brewer: Comments ran 2-to-1 against interstate insurance bill

Gov. Jan Brewer’s office says recent public comments received about a health insurance bill that she vetoed Thursday ran more than 2-to-1 against the measure.

Brewer’s office on Friday responded to a public records request by The Associated Press by releasing a tally of public comments received during seven days through April 27.

According to the tally, 2,319 comments were received against the health insurance bill while 1,028 were in support. That contrasts with a nearly even tally on the bill in the previous seven-day period.

The insurance bill got the most comments during both periods.

It would have allowed insurers licensed outside Arizona to offer policies in Arizona without following Arizona coverage mandates. It also would have opened the door for in-state insurers to reduce coverage.

The tally also showed stronger opposition than support among comments on bills to privatize city services and limit state spending. Brewer vetoed both of those measures Thursday.

In contrast, supporters of bills to allow firearms in public buildings and establish a state guard outnumbered opponents in the latest tally. Brewer signed the guard bill Thursday.

Brewer’s office released the latest tally a week after it declined to release the previous one and instead released numbers of comments on several bills included in that tally.

One comment

  1. Jan Brewer really is bordering on imbecility. How is this going to bring jobs and keep our insurance costs down? Who in heaven’s name is advising her???!!! Or is it as simple as filling her own coffers with big insurance company money?

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