Gov. Brewer delivers State of the State address in Yuma


Gov. Brewer delivers State of the State address in Yuma

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YUMA, Ariz. (KSWT News 13) - We are following Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's visit in town today.

Right now, the governor is at Yuma Regional Medical Center Promoting her proposal to expand Medicaid.

But earlier today, the governor delivered her Yuma State of the State Address.

Though she was once an opponent Obamacare, the governor is now proposing to expand Medicaid.

Earlier today, when Brewer delivered the State of the State address at Arizona Western College she spoke about increasing school funding and about child protective services, the economy and education.

But her main focus was to promote the expansion of the state's Medicaid program.

Governor Brewer reminded a full house at Arizona Western College's crowd, mostly supporters, of her famous finger-pointing at President Obama last year.

But now, the governor says she will push for lawmakers to participate and expand Medicaid, which is a key component of President Obama's healthcare reform law.

Under Obamacare, the federal government will pay the full cost of covering 57,000 newly eligible individuals from 2014 to 2016.

Governor Brewer says expanding Medicaid means other states will not claim the federal dollars allocated to Arizona. As a result, Arizona will save general fund dollars to create more jobs and insert 2 billion dollars into the economy.

Now the question is, will Brewer gain support from Republican law makers who are against Obamacare?

During her State of the State Address she called on voters to contact their state representative to tell them to support her proposal.

State Senator Don Shooter of Yuma tells KSWT News 13 he wants to see more numbers before he makes a final decision on whether or not he'll vote in favor of the governor's proposal to expand Medicaid. 

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