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Votes are there for Medicaid expansion, but not without Speaker Tobin (access required)

Votes are there for Medicaid expansion, but not without Speaker Tobin <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

House Speaker Andy Tobin has steadfastly said there aren’t enough votes to pass Medicaid expansion through the House, although he seems to be the only one who still thinks that.

Most lawmakers, even ardent Medicaid expansion opponents, acknowledge there are enough votes to pass Medicaid expansion in the House, and that they have been there for several weeks.

But Tobin said there is still a single vote missing that makes all the difference: his.

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When it comes to AHCCCS expansion, consider the Golden Rule

Byron Schlomach’s recent editorial, “Standing on principle can be costly,” challenges lawmakers to stand up for a “principle” when making a choice about Medicaid expansion. He describes exaggerated worst case scenarios that fail to acknowledge the certain bleak reality that will occur if the Legislature does nothing to restore Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) coverage for childless adults.

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Let’s get this party started

Now that the long-awaited draft of Brewer’s Medicaid plan is out, the governor is hoping to win some hearts and minds in the Legislature. And she made clear that she’s putting a lot of faith in Carter, a “true leader” whom the governor praised for her “courageous leadership.”

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The big reveal

Tomorrow, everyone at the Capitol will finally lay eyes on the policy that many have already taken sides on: Brewer’s proposed AHCCCS expansion. The governor will unveil the draft language of her plan at a press conference tomorrow afternoon on the House lawn.

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