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Do the math.

Those three words essentially sum up Gov. Jan Brewer’s core argument in favor of expanding the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the state’s Medicaid program. She repeats them at every press event, every interview and every plea for support.

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Brewer, Medicaid expansion backers rally at AZ Capitol

Gov. Jan Brewer calls for support of her proposal to expand the state's Medicaid program. (Photo by Jeremy Duda/Arizona Capitol Times)

Gov. Jan Brewer brought supporters Tuesday to the state Capitol to rally behind her plan to expand Medicaid to about 300,000 more Arizonans, ramping up pressure on lawmakers to vote for the expansion that she fought tooth and nail up until last year's Supreme Court decision upholding the federal health care overhaul.

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Rep. Kwasman’s opposition to AHCCCS expansion filled with ‘misinformation’

Based on the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System’s (AHCCCS) blueprint, Florida Gov. Rick Scott is rebuilding his state’s Medicaid program. He is the 21st governor to develop a broader Medicaid program. Finally, Florida can do what we in Arizona pioneered: Establish a private-public partnership where private health plans, not the government, coordinate health care for their patients. It’s refreshing to see states across the country emulating Arizona’s model of patient-centered care managed in the private marketplace.

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