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Brewer gets her way (access required)

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House and Senate approve Medicaid expansion, ending months of debate

After a bitter and prolonged debate that ripped apart Republican majorities in the House and Senate, Arizona lawmakers approved Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion proposal and sent it to her for her signature.

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Medicaid detour (access required)

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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.

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Prop. 108 loophole popular during budget crisis (access required)

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Critics of Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion proposal may not like the way she plans to give massive fee-raising authority to her AHCCCS director, but many of those same lawmakers made heavy use of the same technique on a smaller scale during the depths of Arizona’s budget crisis.

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