Gov. Brewer surrenders to ObamaCare expansion

 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.

37 Responses to Gov. Brewer surrenders to ObamaCare expansion

  1. Westnash says:

    When the true costs of Obama Care come to light there will be heart failure in many households. For the rich and the poor it won’t matter. But those in the middle will pay big time.

    • eubykdisop says:

      Well how do you think people will react when the true facts about Obama’s “Fast and Furious”, and the slaughter of 200 to 300 innocents, come to light?

      • Westnash says:

        If there are true facts, the Republicans will not understand how to present them in a way that the people will believe. They lost their opportunity on this issue, I believe.

      • eubykdisop says:

        Is it or is it not a fact, Westnash, that the Obama administration executed “Fast and Furious”, and other gun walking operations, right here in Arizona, and that those operations led to the violent slaughter of hundreds of innocent people, including two U. S. law enforcement officers? Are those not facts we know to be true? Are you saying that the American people don’t believe those facts?

        Republicans haven’t lost any opportunity. Very soon the civil contempt case brought against Eric Holder is going before a judge. The story of Obama’s massacre has legs and it isn’t going away!

      • Westnash says:

        They wont!

      • eubykdisop says:

        No, Westnash, let’s address Obama’s operation “Fast and Furious” which brought about the violent slaughter of up to 300 innocent people and at least two U. S. law enforcement officers.

        Holder is the first sitting U. S. Attorney General ever to be held in Contempt of Congress and Obama, while he claims he knew nothing about “Fast and Furious”, has asserted executive privilege on the basis of privileged communications regarding “Fast and Furious”.

        Very shortly the court is going to look at Obama’s assertion of executive privilege because Issa and House Republicans were careful to renew the subpoena in the new session of Congress so that the issue will not go away.

        It’s coming, Westnash, it’s coming!

  2. Westnash says:

    Bold and Jan Brewer are totally oxymorons.

  3. Ajo Joe says:

    I feel as disappointed as SRAZ does. I remember Jan Brewer as a conservative state legislator, in the AZ House and Senate. She has been co-opted by McCain advisors who have taken control of her as surely as the body snatching invaders.

  4. Ajo Joe says:

    P.S. Glad to see the Wall Street Journal giving Brewer what she so richly deserves! Her turnabout was a complete betrayal of taxpaying and freedom loving Arizonans.

  5. CD9 says:

    Brewer, you will never win another election. Don’t bother trying to get the law changed.

    I for one never believed because she signed SB 1070 Brewer was a conservative. People who know her say she can not make a decision on her own, she listens to an advisor and does whatever he tells her to do. Listen to us Brewer, stop now, we do not want this, why are you again doing what the citizens of Arizona have said no to?

    Maybe she is the one who needs recall.

  6. Ellsworth says:

    Another excellent post. The WSJ taking Brewer to the national woodshed is exactly what this action of hers calls for. What a tremendous disappointment she has become. But who do Republicans have on the horizon? Carmona looms.

  7. Westnash says:

    Will JDH run for Governor?

    • State Committeeman says:

      You’re the obvious choice, Snarknash. You have far more time on your hands than he does.

      • eubykdisop says:

        ROFL!!!!! :-)

      • Westnash says:

        Big Talker…..little doer!

      • Westnash says:

        It might work out a little better too. Let’s see….Kirsten Sinema…and you are not doing too well in the Phoenix govt. either are you?

      • eubykdisop says:

        What is important, Westnash, is Obama’s “Fast and Furious” gun walking operation which led to the violent slaughter of hundreds of innocent civilians and at least two U. S. law enforcement officers.

        What do we need to do to make certain that Obama and his administration can never again use Arizona as the launching pad for a massacre of innocents?

    • State Committeeman says:

      You have no idea about me or what I do.

      How active are you? Are you a PC? Are you involved in any political campaigns? Do you help collect petition signatures to get candidates qualified for the ballot? Do you pound campaign signs in the summer heat? Have you ever done any of the menial chores….made calls or stuffed envelopes? Do you donate $$ to help the candidates you support? Have you ever run for pubic office or do you just offer suggestions to others?

      I’ve done every one of those things and more.

      • eubykdisop says:

        Now, now, State Committeeman. Westnash has done all of those things… for the Democrat Party! ;-)

      • Westnash says:

        Good for you , but that gives you no extra rights to put down another poster who might not fall into lock step w/ your views.

      • Westnash says:

        Amazing to me that noone ever asked to put a sign in my yard or asked how I would vote or if I would not vote for them.

        Smug candidates and party workers = election loss!

      • eubykdisop says:

        We’re not interested in that, Westnash. What we are interested in is how we are going to prevent the Obama administration from using Arizona as the launch pad for another massacre of hundreds of innocent civilians and at least two U. S. law enforcement officers such as they carried out with operation “Fast and Furious”.

    • State Committeeman says:

      Let’s get this straight…You actually expect someone to come up and ask you to put a sign in your yard? Those of us who routinely place signs in our yards get them at the monthly district meetings we attend as non-paid elected precinct committeemen. We dedicate countless hours to the Republican Party as VOLUNTEERS. To simplify that concept for you, it means we get off our asses and get to work for the candidates of our choice. No one expects to be contacted out of the blue. That is not an indication of candidate smugness. It’s reality. Besides, why would any GOP candidate or campaign contact you? You’re probably not even on the Republican voter rolls. Your constant needling sounds like it comes from a committed liberal to me. Demean me all you’d like. I can look myself in the mirror with clear eyes when I’m shaving each morning.

      Your grousing elects no one. And the idea you keep offering that Gabrielle Giffords will be running for state, national or even local office is beyond foolish. Did you watch her recently as she labored to walk and speak?

      • Westnash says:

        Gifford’s will get the pity vote and she will run and win before the Republicans wake up.

        What a joke….the signs are some type of a prize? Didnt work out too well did it? A JDH sign in your yard isnt worth much is it? You should have a fleet of gophers out distributing them.

        Republicans are far too smug to win!

      • eubykdisop says:

        No, Westnash, what we are interested in is what proposals you have for making certain that the Obama administration can never again use Arizona as a launch pad for another operation “Fast and Furious” which led to the violent slaughter of up to 300 innocent people and at least two U. S. law enforcement officers with military grade weapons deliberately put into the hands of Mexican drug cartels by Obama.

  8. PJ O'Malley says:

    Put on your seat belts, cuz Mesa Mayor Smith is just bursting to make a run for governor. As the mommy of the state’s third largest city and darling of government-solves-all-problems advocates, he believes he has the cred to vie for big-time politics. Smith would bury Brewer, it is true, however, as the poster child for UN Agenda 21, he would tangle our state in a one-world spider’s web.

    • PV PC says:

      Regardless of Scott Smith’s lofty aspirations, the Mayor of Mesa lacks the necessary statewide name recognition to whip up a groundswell of support. We’d better learn a thing or two from the Democrat’s strategy in the recent congressional races and apply them to the upcoming governor’s race as well. The sooner the better. They cull their ranks and don’t engage in bruising and costly primaries with a boatload of candidates possessing grander egos than fundraising abilities and organizational skills. We need a select GOP state committee to meet with the wannabes, give them a straightforward assessment and encourage those with potential while discouraging the others. Otherwise we will continue to lose seats we should never lose.

  9. Vince says:

    This post should have been titled, “Jan Brewer takes a well deserved right hook in the chops.” They really gave her what she deserves! Unfortunately for her, this massive and costly concession to Obama’s leftist agenda will be her legacy.

  10. eubykdisop says:

    Because of the way in which Obama crafted the Affordable Care Act, if Brewer turned down the Medicaid expansion, legal immigrants would be eligible for government subsidized insurance while low income Arizona American citizens would not. And, of course, Obama is, by waving his magic wand, making ALL immigrants “legal”.

    “States that turn down Medicaid would leave citizens uninsured while immigrants get covered”

    “By Associated Press”

    “Published: January 23”

    “WASHINGTON — Governors who reject health insurance for the poor under the federal health care overhaul could wind up in a politically awkward position on immigration: A quirk in the law means some U.S. citizens would be forced to go without coverage, while legal immigrants residing in the same state could still get it.

    “That’s because the immigrants would be eligible for government-subsidized private insurance, while low-income citizens would not. The Obama administration confirmed Arizona’s interpretation.”

    • Orion says:

      Interesting. Thanks. Seems there’s a hook and a carrot everywhere we look.

      • eubykdisop says:

        You’re welcome, Orion!

        Gov. Brewer may not be the ideal Conservative BUT we have to realize that, regarding ObamaCare, Congress passed it and Obama had his way with it. So all Republican governors are between a rock and a hard place and that is EXACTLY where Obama WANTED to put them.

    • Pima PC says:

      Why couldn’t doctors provide care to these people at negotiated lower costs? It’s probably against the law now, but there should be a LOT of civil disobedience if it means providing care and telling the Feds to go pound sand.

      • eubykdisop says:

        There is no lack of logical solutions, Pima PC, simply a lack of the will to implement them. As regards Obama, Democrats and RINO’s, their agenda is to be as destructive as possible.

  11. Hagar says:

    I knew it! I just knew it! Chuck Coughlin’s slimy hands had to be in the mix somewhere and, sure enough, there he is, the jerk behind the scenes who conned semi-literate Brewer, according to the WSJ article.

    • Tomfoolery says:

      RINOs? Chuck Coughlin has been there with them all:
      John McCain, former AG Grant Woods, and Govs. Fife Symington and Jan Brewer. He should rename his business “Lowground” instead of the misleading “Highground.”

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