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

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

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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.

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