Switcheroo exposes Brewer’s disappointing capitulation to federal overreach
The Wall Street Journal is in a take-no-prisoners mode and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is clearly in its sights as the newspaper refers to her “recent and spectacular flip-flop” on ObamaCare.
How right they are!
In a report titled The GOP’s ObamaCare Flippers How the law’s perverse incentives—and the health lobby—captured Arizona’s Governor, the newspaper reminds readers that in March 2010 Gov. Brewer wrote to Barack Obama calling the Affordable Care Act “a vast new entitlement program that our country does not have the resources to support” and also one that “makes our situation much worse, exacerbating our state’s fiscal woes by billions of dollars.” (Read Brewer’s March 10, 2010 letter.)
Arizona argued before the Supreme Court that the Medicaid mandate was unconstitutional, anti-federalist commandeering — and seven Justices agreed it was “a gun to the head” and allowed states to opt out without penalty.
But so much for that, the newspaper writes. In her State of the State address last month, Ms. Brewer pulled a political 180° — or maybe 540° — and said expanding Medicaid would “inject $2 billion into our economy and “save and create thousands of jobs.”
Our disappointment matches, if not exceeds, the Wall Street Journal’s. Gov. Brewer’s colossal acquiescence amid gimmickry and double talk is beyond comprehension.
The complete WSJ article can be read here.
Taking this hit should constitute a major embarrassment for Arizona’s governor. The Journal, which focuses on economic issues, is the largest newspaper in the United States by circulation.
Seeing Red AZ cheered Brewer’s actions (read her Nov. 28, 2012 statement) when we wrote AZ Gov. Brewer takes bold, opt-out action on ObamaCare.
The rejoicing was premature. Arizonans have been skunked by our Republican governor, and the stench is beyond putrid.