Calls her justifications for deficit-expanding measure “fiction”
The editors at the conservative National Review have taken aim at Arizona’s Gov. Jan Brewer in a piece called Brewer‘s Price, saying she exemplifies that “unfortunately common strain of Republican leadership that is uncompromising in rhetoric but opportunistic in reality.”
The article appropriately goes after her with unbridled fury in view of the Republican governor’s decision to sign off on the federal government’s plan to radically expand Medicaid eligibility.
They write, “We now know Jan Brewer’s price; as it turns out, it’s not even that high. Her explanation for her position has been, in short, that the people want it. But she is a governor, not a tribune of the plebs, and when the people demand actions that are destructive or irresponsible, it is the job of leaders to dissuade them and to advocate a wiser course of action.”
Arizonans recall that in 2011, Brewer, facing a fiscal crisis, called a special session of the Arizona legislature to address Medicaid expenses. She offered up a plan to reduce benefits and eliminate approximately 280,000 childless adult Arizonans who were added to the eligibility rolls in 2000. At the time, then-Senate President Russell Pearce explained the dire situation with these words: “We’re broke. We need the waiver so we can make (budget) decisions.”
The article points out that “as a country, we are no less broke today than we were then — in fact, we are even more broke, as the result of another trillion-dollar deficit. Gov. Brewer’s surrender on ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion is helping to make the country broker still.”
By acceding to this deficit-expanding measure, Gov. Brewer has done a long-term disservice to the people of her state. The Medicaid expansion will add some $800 billion to our national debt, even if the states themselves spend “only $8 billion.”
Read the complete National Review article here. You’ll feel like spitting nails, too.