Yuma Senator still not on board with governor's Medicaid plan

Yuma

Yuma Senator still not on board with governor's Medicaid plan

Posted:

Yuma, Ariz. (KSWT News 13) After two months of campaigning Governor Jan Brewer unveiled draft language of her proposed bill to authorize expansion of Arizona's Medicaid program.

"With this legislation we're talking about peoples lives," said Governor Jan Brewer.

With supporters by her side, she unveiled her draft legislation to what she calls restoring Arizona's Medicaid program.

I'm a pro life governor, I refuse to stand by and allow this many people to needlessly suffer, especially when we have a solution." said Governor Brewer.

For the governor now a proponent of national healthcare otherwise known as Obamacare, this is a 180-degree about face.

She cut the program just 2 years ago, but she's finding it tough to get other state republicans who have been staunch opponents of national health care to support her bill.

Yuma State Senator Don Shooter is one of them.

"There are some people who say you will bankrupt the state, there are other who say if you don't support this, hospitals will collapse," said Senator Shooter.

KSWT News 13 previously asked Senator Don Shooter where he stood on Medicaid expansion when the governor first announced it in January.

He told us he couldn't support a bill he hasn't seen or read. Now that the draft is out we asked him to explain his stance.

Do you support it or not?

Senator Shooter: I don't know, I don't have enough information. I like the text of the bill. You know, what I have seen so far I like. But that doesn't matter if it adversely affects the budget. If it's going to bankrupt the state; at that point It doesn't matter how pretty and flowery the language is.

We also wanted to know why Senator Shooter wouldn't support a bill the governor claims will provide insurance to 300,000 low income residents including many who live in our region.

The Governor claims her medicaid plan will pump billions into our economy, it will protect our hospitals and it will keep Arizona Tax dollars in Arizona. How could that be a bad thing?

Senator Shooter: Well I think that is true. I think it will help hospitals. You could say the same thing about a lot of different industries, the tax payer could underwrite a lot of different things and it would be good for that particular industry, but is it the right thing for the tax payers or the budget, that I don't know.

KSWT-TV Affiliates

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Arizona, NH to get federal education funding

    Arizona, NH to get federal education funding

    Efforts to turn around Arizona's persistently low-performing schools will be getting a $10 million boost from the federal government.More >>
    Efforts to turn around Arizona's persistently low-performing schools will be getting a $10 million boost from the federal government.More >>
  • Minnesota man kills intruders; admits he was waiting for them.

    Minnesota man kills intruders; admits he was waiting for them.

    LITTLE FALLS, Minn. -Jurors heard an audio recording Tuesday of the moments when two teenagers were fatally shot by a Minnesota homeowner who says he feared for his life after several previous break-ins. Byron Smith, 65, of Little Falls, is charged with first-degree premeditated murder inthe slayings of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kiferon Thanksgiving Day 2012. The shooting stunned the small city and stirred debate about how far people can go in defending their homes. Smith t...More >>
    LITTLE FALLS, Minn. -Jurors heard an audio recording Tuesday of the moments when two teenagers were fatally shot by a Minnesota homeowner who says he feared for his life after several previous break-ins. Byron Smith, 65, of Little Falls, is charged with first-degree premeditated murder inthe slayings of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kiferon Thanksgiving Day 2012. The shooting stunned the small city and stirred debate about how far people can go in defending their homes. Smith t...More >>
  • National

    Obama warns of delay in social sec. checks and veteran's benefits

    Obama warns of delay in social sec. checks and veteran's benefits

    Web Producer: Lucy Valencia, Assignment Desk Editor WASHINGTON (AP) -- Declaring "we are not a deadbeat nation," President Obama warned on Monday that Social Security checks and veterans' benefits willMore >>
    Declaring "we are not a deadbeat nation," President Obama warned on Monday that Social Security checks and veterans' benefits will be delayed if congressional Republicans fail to increase the government's borrowing authority in a looming showdown over the nation's debt and spending.More >>
  • Ventura County tree removal sparks outrage

    Ventura County tree removal sparks outrage

    Thousand Oaks officials say they will review city planning procedures after hearing from residents who are outraged over the removal of a slew of trees at a shopping center.More >>
    Thousand Oaks officials say they will review city planning procedures after hearing from residents who are outraged over the removal of a slew of trees at a shopping center.More >>
  • House strips school voucher bill

    House strips school voucher bill

    The Arizona House has given initial approval to a bill that would help expedite the approval process for parents of some students in the state school voucher program.More >>
    The Arizona House has given initial approval to a bill that would help expedite the approval process for parents of some students in the state school voucher program.More >>
  • California Condor Chick Makes 3 This Season

    California Condor Chick Makes 3 This Season

    GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ – The California condor population has another chick to count among its very small, but growing numbers. Peregrine Fund biologists confirm seeing one in a nest caveMore >>
       GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ – The California condor population has another chick to count among its very small, but growing numbers. That brings the number of wild condor chicks produced by the Arizona-Utah flock this season to three.More >>
  • Yuma

    Police offer advice for people in a robbery situation

    Police offer advice for people in a robbery situation

    YUMA, AZ (13 On Your Side) - Over the past month there have been a string of convenience store robberies around town. Most recently, one suspect - who police say - robbed three Circle Ks within 48 hours.More >>
    Over the past month there have been a string of convenience store robberies around town.More >>
  • DEA wants you to dispose of unused medications

    DEA wants you to dispose of unused medications

    The Yuma Police Department has teamed up with the Drug Enforcement Agency in an effort to dispose of your unused prescriptions. The DEA is accepting all expired and unused medications which will in turn be placed in and incinerator and destroyed; along with the drugs any labels will also be destroyed. The event is this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Yuma Police Department parking lot off of 16th Street and 1st Avenue. There's no cost to drop off your medications, all they ask is th...More >>
    The Yuma Police Department has teamed up with the Drug Enforcement Agency in an effort to dispose of your unused prescriptions. The DEA is accepting all expired and unused medications which will in turn be placed in and incinerator and destroyed; along with the drugs any labels will also be destroyed. The event is this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Yuma Police Department parking lot off of 16th Street and 1st Avenue. There's no cost to drop off your medications, all they ask is th...More >>