Does Governor Jan Brewer's Fight to Expand Medicaid Change Your Opinion About Her?

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Image: YouTube video by AARPArizona: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjfMBXdyzKM
Governor Jan Brewer at a recent rally to push for the expansion of the Medicaid program as allowable under Obamacare.
A few short years ago, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer became the hero of most conservatives and the villain to most liberals when she signed the anti-Mexican SB1070 bill into law.

Now, with Brewer possibly staking her legacy -- as USA Today put it recently -- on the Medicaid fight, she's dividing right-wingers and become a hero to some on the left.

You've seen her in TV commercials and heard about her State Capitol rallies. You know she's pushing hard to get stubborn lawmakers in her own party to stop opposing her expansion plan. Brewer wants Arizona to take full advantage of a feature of Obamacare that allows states to receive more federal funds by expanding the government health insurance program, which in Arizona is managed by AHCCS, the Arizona Healthcare Cost Containment System. The expansion would allow 240,000 childless adult who used to become re-eligible for the plan, and allow 60,000 people now enrolled to keep their coverage.

Key conservative leaders who opposed Obama's Affordable Care Act, like State Senate President Andy Tobin, feel betrayed. They agree with assessments of the plan that claim it will cost Arizona hundreds of millions of dollars in new taxes and future costs that the federal government now promises it will pay but probably won't.

Whether you're a conservative, liberal or independent, it's probable that this struggle down at the Capitol has changed your views of the normally right-wing Guv.

Maybe you hated her for the divisive anti-illegal-immigrant law, and now you hate her less -- or maybe even feel she's fully redeemed herself. Perhaps you think your right-wing hero has failed you. Or maybe none of this has affected your views of Brewer, possibly because you're too disgusted with politics in general.

Here is your morning poll:


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JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Follow the money.  Who are her contributors?  Who stands to benefit from the Medicare expansion?  My guess is that its the hospitals who incur the cost of uncompensated care and the insurers whose products become more expensive (and harder for people to afford and therefore harder to sell) because the cost of the uncompensated care eventually gets rolled into the cost of compensated care.  Go look for the contributions made to JanPAC and "do the math" - how much in contributions has she received from those two industries (I don't have the answer and don't have time to look it up)?  I bet you'll find the reason she's pushing Medicaid expansion tucked in right there.  She's not doing this for her legacy - she's doing this for the cold hard cash that she's received from someone who stands to make money off of this.

DNichols
DNichols

I can't decide what Brewer's Legacy will be to me?

1. Her Supreme Debating Skills.

Or

2. The fact that while claiming to wan't to "Enforce Arizona's Laws" Brewer got away with simply paying back the $75,000.00 to Social Security that she De-frauded to reward her Knife Point Rapist Son as he was incarcerated, and serving out his sentence, after Wonderful Governor Brewer being Investigated by the F.B.I. and skipping her Jail Time?!

Tough for me to Decide?!

However I do believe that Her Criminal activity overshines her  "Brain Fart", in her one and only Debate.

Fact: Brewer was Elected in Arizona riding the "SB1070 Wave of Bigotry."

Perhaps in History "Bigotry" will be Brewer's True Legacy?

Aaron Abbott
Aaron Abbott

Nope, one good deed doesn't change the fact that she's an evil, incompetent, hateful woman. Nasty Bruja.

66rock
66rock topcommenter

Hell no, it's for the money nothing else except possible improving her "legacy" since she sees herself in national politics next.  She has always been a horrid governor and still is.

David James
David James

Let me put it this way: Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

In my humble opinion Mrs. Brewer is doing this only as a resource for federal revenue. I honestly don't get the feeling that she cares that more people might be helped by it, unless of course she is concerned about those who are incarcerated for heinous crimes. 

Mrs. Brewer is doing this because it could be good for HER in some way or another. 

Nuff said.

MisterE
MisterE

Staking her legacy ? The Bruja staked out her legacy long ago. She will be remembered as one of the most extremist governors Arizona has ever had,as some one who was incapable of thinking for herself and was constantly kowtowing to the extremist right Teabaggers. Some one who was nothing more than a rubber stamp for some of the most senseless,useless laws in the nation. Some one who constantly had the State of Arizona in legal battles over the extremist,unconstitutional she chose to sign into law. Let's not forget she was the one who chose to kick all these people off Arizona's health care system. How many people suffered or died because of her choice? Now she purports to have had a change of heart because she wants to stake her legacy ? Sorry but the Bruja gets no extra points for doing a job she was elected to do,and especially when she could have prevented Arizona from facing this problem in the first place. That's right Bruja don't let the door hit ya on the way out,you will not be missed !

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Appearing to fight for something she knows damn well that the Tea Party obstructionists will never agree to is nothing more that phony posturing.

She and her cabal are attempting to turn the War on Poverty into the War on the Poor.

anonymous
anonymous

She is the one that cut those people from Medicaid in the first place in order to balance her budget. God this woman is awful.

Trinonymous
Trinonymous

Maybe the headline would make more sense if the first word was "Does."

MisterE
MisterE

@JohnQ.Public Interesting you would mention the pac angle JQP,I while ago I was actually looking at the contributors list for janpac. The largest donations came from Sheldon Adelson,there were two for 125,000 dollars each. One was listed as coming from Adelson clinics,did not research this further.There were others coming from health care organizations,although not for such a large amount of money. The contributors list is interesting to say the least. BTW,anyone interested into looking up information on any PAC,such as donor lists,expenditures ect. can just google search.... opensecrets.org...on this website you can look up info on any PAC....Great info on this website......

sarum
sarum

@shadeaux14 Attempting?  This is AZ state specialty now become national.  But very well put - the War on Poverty to the War on the Poor.  

ray.stern
ray.stern moderator

@Trinonymous Hmm. Sorry about that. One my editors got in there and corrected it, so I'm not sure what the hell I had instead of "Does." To echo what Davelog says below, perhaps I shouldn't have that cup of "brewer" this morning!

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@MisterE Adelson's contribution was probably just a thank you gift for Jan rudely wagging her finger in the President's face.

Carnivorous_Buttock_Fly
Carnivorous_Buttock_Fly

Tobin is, unfortunately, Speaker of the House. He is not Senate President. Andy Biggs is, unfortunately, the Senate President.

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