Healthcare Cuts for Arizona's Poor Upheld by Judge

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Hundreds of thousands of impoverished Arizonans with health problems apparently will have to tough it out following a court ruling today that upholds healthcare cuts.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Mark Brain ruled that a group of people suing the state can't forced Arizona lawmakers to keep funding their free health care.

Proposition 204, which passed in 2000 by an overwhelming majority of voters, expanded the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System to include residents without children who earn up to 100 percent of the federal poverty limit. Previously, most Arizonans could only qualify if they earned up to 34 percent of the poverty limit.

An AHCCCS document from January states that 238,000 people were enrolled under the expansion in 2009, but by January of this year the number had risen to 377,000.

The "Healthy Arizona" initiative was supposed to be funded by a massive settlement from Big Tobacco. But, as Brain notes in his ruling, the tobacco money proved "insufficient" over time, forcing the fund to be repeatedly supplemented by the big pool of taxpayer money known as the General Fund.

The plaintiffs had argued that the 1998 Voter Protection Act should have kept the voters wishes from being dashed. But Brain ruled that the Voter Protection Act only prohibits lawmakers from tinkering with voter-approved measures, and doesn't require them to fund anything.

With the state practically on the verge of bankruptcy, Governor Jan Brewer approved a budget this year that cuts out the expanded rolls of AHCCCS users, saving hundreds of millions of dollars. Brewer said today that she didn't take her actions "lightly."

"The human impacts are real," Brewer wrote in a prepared statement. "But I and members of the Legislature were elected to make difficult decisions. In this case, our decision to freeze future Medicaid enrollment of adults without children spared devastating cuts to other critical state services, including K-12 education and public safety. As previously constructed, Arizona's Medicaid program was unsustainable. State expenses climbed 65 percent in just four years."

The 377,000 adults affected by this ruling better hope they don't get sick.

But, if they do, there's always the emergency room.


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Nikodisias Papalapsuslos
Nikodisias Papalapsuslos

YES , WE CAN...YES , WE CAN...WE WILL WIN IN WAR ON TERROR (30 whities or what are terrorists will never come back alive...thank you lord....aaamen).

What do you mean tragedy! It was just a birthday present for planet apes president !!! That's all ! Feels great to flip hamburgers and hip hop atop of good news...makes you feel vibrant and energized !!!

ARIZONA = UTOYA = GOVERNMENT‘S "AFTERLIFE" CASH & $$ FLASH MOB (there was no shooting in Utoya or Arizona, but tear gas and theater instead on faces of multiculturalism maniacs..your guilt or blame and shame weapon against us and our families in our own countries atop of forceful unemployment during so called "ECONOMIC CRISES" during which third world foreigners are allowed to rape, kill, and still is nothing else but fast way to early retirements for government related criminals/ terrorists...$$$ extra bonuses, and newly issued state identities while calling you a terrorists) !!! http://stateofterror.blogspot.... or http://stateofterror.wordpress...

OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = SOVIET UNION http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.c... or http://avsecbostjan.wordpress.... Whitie is fighting war on terrorism just to come home and be pronounced as terrorist...turned in Timothy, jobless, homeless ...YESSS, WE CAN...YESSS,  WE CAN...GABBY OPENED HER EYES (Obaminator’s psychotic speech in Tucson = failed “Apocalypse Now“)

WAKE-UP !!! WAKE UP PEOPLE BEFORE IT GETS ALL TO LATE ON PLANET  APES !!! TEARS WON'T DO YOU ANY GOOD !!! AS BUSH STATED "THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE PAID FOR"(to die ) !!

EVEN IF IRAQ WOULD  HAVE BEEN WAR FOR OIL ONLY,  VETERANS WOULDN'T NEVER EVER HAVE TO BE HOMELESS PEOPLE THE WAY THEY ARE AND NOR WOULD OUR PEOPLE HAVE TO DIE ALLOVER THE PLACE THE WAY THEY DO TO VERY TODAY(never ending “war on terror” story). BECAUSE EVEN IF WAR WAS FOR THE SAKE OF MONEY, MONEY SHOULD BE USED  FOR AMERICAN CITIZENS AND NOT WHAT THE CASE IS OR AGAINST WHITES(to destroy us allover the world) !!! You don't really proof for 911, just put  your sht together in your heads...THIS IS PLENTY ENOUGH TO HAVE O(B)SAMA  INDICTED FOR CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST WHITE AMERICAN HUMANITY TOGETHER WITH HIS ZIONIST MASTERS) !!!

Don't worry O(s)bama, you have just saved USA what is lots of Dollars in  your DEBT DEALS as those best of America or Navy Seals would  also grew older and then you already know how it goes...DEAD & ILL = DEBT DEAL !!!

HOW MUCH FURTHER ARE WE WILLING TO GO IN ORDER TO PLEASE VERY SAME PEOPLE WHO DENY US EVEN THE RIGHT TO EXISTENCE(what is to you country without laws or lawless country in respect to your personal rights, but the one that in contrast to your denied basic human rights recognizes you extremely liable when payments are due) !!?

IS IT INDEPENDENCE THAT WE CELEBRATE OR DEPENDENCE (what are your credit card bills or alimony saying about it) !!? HOW IS YOUR DIABETES AND LOST MARRIAGES !!? FORECLOSURES AND  JOB SEARCH !!? THAT IS THE QUESTION TO BE OR NOT TO BE !!! IS IT LAND OF THE FREE OR STATE OF TERROR AGAINST OWN  POPULATION !!? IT IS TIME TO LET THEM KNOW WHAT COLOR ARE THE STRIPES ON OUR STAR SPANGLED BANNER !!! TIME TO DETERMINE WHOSE INDEPENDENCE/AMERICA, WE CELEBRATE TODAY(who wants to erase us and denies us the right to exist) !!! IT IS  IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHOM WE ADDRESS WITH "PRESIDENT" (STOP HUMILIATING YOURSELF) !!!

VOTING POLL:

DO WE NEED MORE PROOFS TO INDICT OBAMA AND BUSH ADMINISTRATION FOR CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST WHITE HUMANITY !!?

1)NO, THEY ARE CLEARLY GUILTY AS OIL WAR NEVER EVER WAS REAL ISSUE IN GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITES. REAL ISSUE  ARE FACTS OR WHAT WE WITNESS TODAY WHEN VETERANS  ARE HOMELESS, JOBLESS, KILLED, ETC.

2)NO, AS 911 ALONE AS WELL AS ACTIONS IMPOSED AGAINST  WHITES IN USA (as well worldwide) ARE CLEARLY INDICATING ACTS OF GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITE HUMANITY

3)YESS AS JUST YESTERDAY(for over 15 years to very yesterday), WE (news/media = vacuum world of lies) WERE TELLING YOU THAT UNEMPLOYMENT WAS AT 10% WHILE TODAY ONE IS AT 50% (HOW COME NO ONE QUESTION JOURNALISM LIKE THIS OR  WHAT IS WORLD OF LIES AND DEMENTIA)!

4)I AGREE WITH FIRST TWO ANSWERS ABOVE.  IT IS TIME TO PRESS CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST BOTH ADMINISTRATIONS DUE TO ACTS OF GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITE HUMANITY FOR THE SAKE(SAFETY) OF US AND OUR CHILDREN(DO NOT TURN THEM IN WHITE REFUGEES ON PLANET APES OR WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE WHEN VISITING ABOVE PAGES) !!!

jimmymaxs
jimmymaxs

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Mark Brain disqualified that a accumulation of humans suing the accompaniment can't affected Arizonaassembly to accumulate allotment their chargeless bloom care.

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Mistalee
Mistalee

Die screaming, spammer scum!

BostonFlyer
BostonFlyer

Given how expensive our healthcare is this not surprising. and given that our political parties are idiots I see no change in the near future. Like the article state don't get sick, and if you get sick hope it goes away quickly or you die quickly. Welcome to corporate capitalism.

CHJ
CHJ

Good, too much waste in the system as is. Get rid of it. 

Albert
Albert

It's not the point... It's about the voters passing a law that covers certain people for health care coverage, and the legislature, and governor breaking the law. The judge must not have read Prop. 105, or understand the meaning behind it. Just because it doesn't say that  the state cant make cuts to funding of the program, doesn't mean that they don't have a responsibility to fund the voter approved health care measures. Its language says the legislature can't amend, supersede in whole or part, or make any changes to a voter approved law. They aren't even allowed to make a law that weakens or changes anything that the voters approved. They also don't have the power to appropriate or divert funds created or allocated to a specific purpose by an initiative measure approved by the voters. They gave $538 million to businesses in a  corporate tax cut package  to help grow the economy, they claimed that it would create jobs, these brainiacs didn't allow anyone to change the language, and everyone knew that the law didn't even require  not even 1 job to be created. Good job guys... create a tax package of $538 million, and claim you don't have enough money to fund a voter-REQUIRED measure??? So far this legislature doesn't really understand  that the1998 Voter Protection Act isn't something they can choose not to abide by. The legislature needs to follow the law! And stop breaking the law by changing voter approved laws. The reigns need to be pulled back on this legislature. Maybe we need to enact a more powerful protection language, and an extremely large penalty for legislatures for violating voter approved legislation??????

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Let's start with you, the non empathetic wanna be psychopath in training.  Obviously you don't need any help but what about those who do?    Oh that's right you don't give a shit because you care more about a system than you do about people.   Be sure to take a big crap tonight to flush out your system.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Rest assured that if/when CHJ loses his job and his home he will be crying like a pussy over the injustices meted out to him. 

Asutrish
Asutrish

Judge Brain is a newly APPOINTED Maricopa County Superior Court Judge.  Perhaps he works soley for Governor Brewer.  The cuts went to people who would otherwise qualify for AHCCCS--specifically, people who do not have children, or do not have children under 18.  Isnt that prejudism?  So here seems the answer:  Get pregnant or get someone pregnant, get insurance.  Not just for yourself, but for your child as well.  You can then have the State foot the bill for other forms of welfare too!  Or, simply commit a crime and get free health care while in jail.  Criminals get free health coverage from the State, afterall. 

Planetboxer
Planetboxer

Here's a better idea: either take your criminals ass back to mayheeco and let them take of your sorry ass or get a fuckin job and quit with the fucking entitlement mentality. The tax payers don't owe you a fucking dime. Get off your lazy ass, keep your fucking legs closed, learn to swallow, and get a fucking job. Create some self-dignity and pride in your life and make your own way instead of thinking the government should take care of. The fucking government can't even take care of themselves. Quit being a fucking burden and be productive.

Mistalee
Mistalee

I'm guessing you haven't read all the New Times articles about people who have died behind bars in Arizona for lack of appropriate medical care.

And I'm guessing you didn't know that unless one of the screws orders your medical care, you will pay out of pocket to be seen by a medical professional if you are in the Maricopa County Jail.

Rick
Rick

The jails and AZ DOC provide less medical coverage than AHCCCS does.  It is very bare-bones coverage.  (I worked for 6 years in the AZ corrections system as a mental health therapist)  It is not worth being arrested for the "free health coverage".

Bnbk
Bnbk

Yes,he was appointed by Jan Brewski.The good thing is that we will rid ourselves of term limited Brewski this next election cycle & we can vote NO in the judge retention election & fire this Brewski/Coughlin puppet judge.      Remember the name Mark Brain ,come election time.

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