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Standing on principle can be costly

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In the debate over Medicaid expansion, the ace up the sleeve of expansion advocates is federal largesse. The federal health care law requires states to eventually cover 10 percent of the cost of expanding Medicaid eligibility; but for the next three years 100 percent of the cost is covered by the federal treasury.

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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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