Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have sought federal permission to limit people to no more than five years in Arizona’s Medicaid program, saying "this waiver would have brought our healthcare sector to a breaking point.''Read More »
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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.
Former Sens. Frank Antenori and Ron Gould, GOP rivals of Gov. Jan Brewer who were frequently on the receiving end of her veto stamp, are hoping to return the favor.
If the Legislature approves the Medicaid expansion, the former lawmakers want to put it on the 2014 ballot in the hopes of convincing voters to reject Brewer’s proposal.
Some of the concerns raised in the Legislature regarding Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan haven’t fallen on deaf ears.
In the amendment that included Brewer’s expansion plan in the Senate’s budget on May 16, the Ninth Floor included several changes aimed at alleviating concerns over her proposal.