Conservative activist and candidate for AZ Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham has released the following statement in response to Governor Jan Brewer’s announcement that she has agreed to a key component of Obamacare by expanding Medicaid:
“I want to commend Governor Brewer for her overall commitment to fiscal responsibility throughout her administration. Under her leadership, Arizona has gone from a $3 billion deficit to an $800 million surplus. She has tirelessly fought the Obama Administration to preserve Arizona’s rights on issues such as immigration policy and the implementation of a state-run healthcare exchange. Last year, she was a leading critic of Proposition 204, which would have ushered in the largest permanent tax increase in Arizona history.
When it comes to the AHCCCS/Medicaid issue, I think the Governor has earned the opportunity to have her ideas heard and thoroughly discussed. Like the Governor, I have been a long-time opponent to Obamacare. I believe that not only is the program unacceptable public policy, but it is also unconstitutional.
However, her announcement last week to pursue a large expansion of government healthcare within the state’s Medicaid program raises many unanswered questions. Conservative policy makers and fiscal organizations such as the Goldwater Institute have raised concerns about our state being able to afford these unfunded mandates in the very near future.
When the Supreme Court ruled on Obamacare last June, it gave states the right to decline the largest ever expansion of the nearly 50-year old program. The issue here is one of fiscal responsibility: can the federal government afford this? Can Arizona really afford this?
I urge the governor to continue her proven track record of standing up for states rights and the principles of a limited and fiscally responsible government.”
Please contact Governor Brewer’s office and share your thoughts today:
Phoenix: (602) 542-4331 Tucson: (520) 628-6580
As most of you know, Robert Graham is the conservative running for chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. The election at which elected state delegates will cast their votes for AZ GOP intra-party leadership will be this Saturday, January 26, 2013.
Seeing Red AZ wholeheartedly supports Robert Graham’s candidacy.