Senator Don Shooter votes 'no' on Brewer's Medicaid bill
YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - Governor Jan Brewer claims expanding Medicaid would pour $2,000,000 into the state's economy and
provide much needed jobs.
Yuma State Senator Don Shooter tells
13 On Your Side he voted against expanding Medicaid.
Shooter says to give 300,000 people
medical insurance at this point will not bring the long term jobs that the
governor has promised, nor is it a long term solution to providing health care
to low income families in Arizona.
"This is the biggest social program plum
they have gotten in decades," he said.
Shooter is just one of
many conservative Republicans who voted against Governor Brewer's proposed bill
to authorize the expansion of Arizona's
Brewer had been one of the most
hard-lined opponents of "Obama Care" just two years ago.
"To me this is a wealth transfer
program which will result in fiscal problems for the country, our state and
everything else," Shooter tells 13 On Your Side.
The Governor claims her plan would
provide health care insurance to as many as 300,000 low income residents and
pump nearly $2,000,000 of federal money into Arizona's
economy—including jobs for Yuma
Shooter, who is from Yuma, says, "Regardless
of what we do today there are fundamental issues with the way we deliver health
care. This may work for a few months but it won't solve all the underlying
Despite Republican opposition,
Brewer's Medicaid bill made it through the Senate in May.
Yet it hit a road black on Monday
House panel—which is made up mostly of Republicans—rejected the bill.
Shooter feels the governor will not
throw in the towel just yet.
He says her bill will get passed one
way or another.
it's going to pass. There's no question," he said. "The only question is how."
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