Senator Don Shooter speaks out on why he voted against Brewer's budget and Medicaid expansion
YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – Today marked a huge
political victory for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.
The Republican-controlled Senate passed the
budget, which includes an expansion of the so-called Obamacare.
13 On Your Side spoke to Republican
Senator Don Shooter, who was at the capitol and says he voted against Brewer's
Shooter says he thinks the budget
that passed was done improperly.
Shooter also says he is saddened
for our state and our country.
"A hell no" Shooter says. "I voted against it."
Shooter, who hails from Yuma, is one of many
conservative Republicans against Brewer's Medicaid expansion plan from the
"It's taking from those who have a
job and giving to those people who don't have a job," he said.
Today, Brewer's plan passed alongside the $8.8 billion budget after a marathon
week that saw Brewer call lawmakers into a surprise special session after
months of stalled negotiations.
Shooter believes the budget was done
improperly and that is why he voted no. He feels like the expansion of the
so-called Obamacare is just a short-term solution to a much bigger problem.
"It's easy money, and at some point
that easy money is going to dry up. So what are we going to do? That's my
Yet Governor Brewer says her plan
will provide healthcare insurance to as many as 300,000 low-income residents
and pump nearly $2 billion dollars of federal money into Arizona's
economy—including jobs for Yuma.
"The economics of it is two thumbs
up for the short-term. It is a good thing," Shooter says. "Long-term remains to
Medicaid expansion in Arizona
is expected to go into effect in about three months.
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