Senator Don Shooter speaks out on why he voted against Brewer's

Yuma

Senator Don Shooter speaks out on why he voted against Brewer's budget and Medicaid expansion

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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 budget.

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 get-go.

"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 overall concern."

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 be seen."

The Medicaid expansion in Arizona is expected to go into effect in about three months.

 

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