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Scottsdale Healthcare ‘reserving judgement’

While the Mayo Clinic is officially on board with Brewer’s Medicaid plan, Scottsdale Heathcare has serious concerns over the proposed provider tax and is still weighing its options. Scottsdale Healthcare lobbyist Michelle Pabis told our reporter that the hospital system is still not a supporter of the expansion plan, specifically because of the provider tax.

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Pro-life dispute: Conflicting definitions further complicate Brewer’s Medicaid expansion proposal (access required)

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Gov. Jan Brewer forcefully declared that her proposal to expand the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System to hundreds of thousands of new patients is a pro-life plan. As a pro-life governor, she said, she will not sit idly by while people suffer. Since then, opponents of her plan have taken up the pro-life mantle in the Legislature.

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It’s not like it’s that important

Heather Casey and her team organized a lunchtime press conference at the Capitol today (March 20) to introduce the candidate who is targeting Carter, but the event resulted in her trying to give reporters the silent treatment when it came to her opposition of Medicaid expansion.

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Republican to challenge Carter in 2014 GOP primary (access required)

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Grassroots activists who are threatening a political backlash against Republicans who support Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan have settled on an initial target. This week, a precinct committeewoman filed the paperwork to challenge Rep. Heather Carter, R-Cave Creek, in next year’s Republican primary.

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