Ralph Heap, "Dr. Hypocrisy," Campaigns Against Medicaid Expansion, But Took $130K in Medicaid Cash
Heap also has tried to portray Worsley, a fellow Mormon, as less "pro-life" than he is, because some Medicaid money goes to Planned Parenthood, which also is an abortion provider.
What Heap doesn't say is that federal and state law proscribe government money going to abortions, save in cases of rape, incest, and to save the life of the mother.
The right-wing argument is that if Planned Parenthood gets one cent for ordinary OB/GYN stuff, then other money it has can go for abortions of choice. In the cracked minds of some GOPers, Medicaid equals Planned Parenthood equals state-funded abortions.
(AHCCCS stats show that in FY2011, about $246,000 went to Planned Parenthood in Arizona out of $9.5 billion AHCCCS payments total, or .00259 percent.)
Arizona's Legislature has attempted to block payments to Planned Parenthood, but that effort has been vetoed by the federal courts. So Planned Parenthood in Arizona continues to receive money from AHCCCS.
But if Planned Parenthood's receiving Medicaid money was a major sticking point for Heap, why didn't he refuse, on moral grounds, to do business with health-care plans that use AHCCCS?
Sure, that would be ridiculous, but no more ridiculous than Arizona's refusing to expand Medicaid, which is what Heap and his supporters wanted done.
I caught up with Heap recently at the Leisure World Republican Club in Mesa, where he was appearing with his booster, Congressman Matt Salmon.
Despite my best efforts, Heap reacted like a deer in the headlights and refused to answer my inquiries.
His campaign manager Barbara Parker aped his thousand-yard stare. Parker is known as a vehement supporter of recalled state Senator Russell Pearce, for whom Heap is a vehicle of revenge against Worsley, who bested Pearce by 12 points in the 2012 GOP primary for the state Senate.