Gov. Jan Brewer confirmed that she and the legislative members of her pro-Medicaid expansion coalition crafted a plan to oust Senate President Andy Biggs and House Speaker Andy Tobin from their leadership positions when lawmakers went into special session.Read More »
A poll showing majority support for Medicaid expansion among GOP primary voters may be a ray of hope for Republican lawmakers who voted for the proposal at the request of Gov. Jan Brewer.
In a live-caller poll of 500 likely GOP primary voters conducted in late May by Public Opinion Strategies, a Virginia-based Republican polling firm, 53 percent of respondents said they supported Gov. Jan Brewer’s plan to expand Medicaid coverage in Arizona. Only 40 percent of respondents said they opposed the plan. The poll had a +/- 4.38 percent margin of error.
The state Senate approved Gov. Jan Brewer's Medicaid expansion plan on an 18-11 vote this afternoon, sending it to the governor for her signature.
The Senate's approval of Medicaid and a state budget occurred after the House of Representatives worked into the early morning hours to approve the budget and Medicaid plan, with supporters giving opponents the silent treatment through the entire discussion of the $8.8 billion budget.
Three years after voters approved Proposition 100, the naysayers’ doom-and-gloom predictions about the consequences of the temporary sales tax hike haven’t panned out.
Arguments against Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposal for a temporary 1-cent sales tax increase often veered into predictions of catastrophe. Many said it would severely hamper the state’s economic recovery efforts, that the tax hike would herald a future of tax-and-spend policies in support of an expanding and bloated government that would scare off businesses, and push Arizona toward bankruptcy and turn the state into another California.
A proposed law that is scheduled for a legislative committee on Monday would forbid women from getting abortions at clinics where they get their Medicaid-funded family planning services even if they pay to end their pregnancies themselves.Read More »
Lila Rose has become one of the more recognizable and ardent figures in the pro-life movement with her surreptitious videos of abortion providers.Read More »
Abortion arguments: Planned Parenthood funding case heads to federal appeals court as pro-life group launches new assault
Arizona will be at the 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals on June 12 as a long shot to convince a three-judge panel to reinstate a state law prohibiting Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood.Read More »
A pro-life bill scheduled for a hearing in the House Appropriations Committee includes language that is nearly identical to a proposal from a leading evangelical Christian group that sought to limit abortion providers’ ability to participate in Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan.Read More »
The House Appropriations Committee is meeting June 10, but the panel is not scheduled to take up the budget package approved in May by the Senate.
Instead, the committee is scheduled to tackle two measures: Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion, which is one component of the budget, and a proposal to allow for surprise inspections of abortion clinics.
Foes of expansion eye referendum
Even if voters approve her plan, a threatened citizen referendum on Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion proposal could cast a pall over the 2014 election and throw the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System into chaos.
If the Legislature passes Medicaid expansion, two former senators and frequent foes of Brewer plan to refer it to the ballot with an all-volunteer effort that would rely on disaffected conservative activists to collect signatures.