AZ Medicaid expansion takes a major blow

Abortion funding assured under Gov. Brewer’s surrender to ObamaCare

In addition to the continually mounting grassroots opposition of Republican activists in counties and districts across Arizona to Gov. Jan Brewer’s reckless Medicaid expansion, we now have this letter from M. Casey Mattox, Senior Counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom.

Mattox’s letter is in response to a request for clarity from State Rep. Justin Olson (R-LD 25). In it, Mattox unequivocally defines the impact of the proposed expansion on funding for abortion providers, stating, “In our judgment, expanding Medicaid pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) would necessarily result in increased funding of abortion providers in Arizona and would subsidize abortions.”

It doesn’t get much clearer than that. The facts contained in his legal response also raise some key questions:

Why would Gov. Brewer, regarded as one of the most pro-life governors in the country, be pushing this agenda that will result in death to countless pre-born Arizona babies?  Will this news cause the Arizona Conference of Catholic Bishops to rethink their support of the expansion?

We also include this letter to Gov. Brewer and AZ House and Senate leadership from Cathi Herrod, President of pro-life, pro-family Center for Arizona Policy. Oddly the organization “remains neutral” on the massive and costly federal intrusion into our personal health care delivery system, although offering alternative language to the Medicaid legislation, to guarantee “no increased funding to abortion providers results” from the implementation of the health care scheme.

We applaud all pro-life efforts, on either end of the life cycle. But taking a resolute stand against the encroachment of socialism in no way diminishes the importance of honoring the sanctity of life.

And although Obama vowed the new law will bring costs down, a startling  new study released by the Society of Actuaries says claims cost, the most important driver of health care premiums, will jump an average 32 percent, with the costs to many soaring much higher. (Read paragraph four in the link).

19 Responses to AZ Medicaid expansion takes a major blow

  1. VINOAZ says:

    Medicaid should be contracted, not expanded. The waste, fraud and abuse is incredible. The taxpayers are being ripped off big time. In case some have not noticed, Obama and the truth are complete strangers.

  2. Dennis O'Brien says:

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry, an outspoken opponent of the Medicaid expansion rightly said, “This is not free money from the federal government. It’s either being borrowed from China or taken out of taxpayers’ pockets. The state and federal government can’t afford the current Medicaid program as is, and it’s financially irresponsible to continue expanding a program that we know to be broken.”
    Wouldn’t it be refreshing to hear something similar from AZ Gov. Jan Brewer?

  3. eubykdisop says:

    A very high class, informative, professional quality, journalistic article, SRAZ!

    We now have the legal opinion cited in the article. Let’s add to that the “forensic evidence”:

    “Planned Parenthood backs Brewer’s $1.6B Medicaid expansion push”

    “by Mike Sunnucks
    Mar 21, 2013”

    “Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has an unlikely political ally in her $1.6 billion push to expand Medicaid via President Barack Obama’s health care reforms: Planned Parenthood Arizona Inc.”

    “The organization has clashed with the Republican governor in the past over abortion rights, but Planned Parenthood Arizona President Bryan Howard emailed supporters this week backing her Medicaid expansion plans.”

    “The issue has put Brewer on the same page as Obama as well as Planned Parenthood.”

    So Brewer’s decision to surrender to Obama’s Medicaid expansion is being supported by the nation’s number one provider of abortions! What does THAT tell us about Obama’s Medicaid expansion and abortion?

  4. Proudly ProLife says:

    I’ve long supported CAP and it’s solid prolife stance. But Cathi Herrod’s claim of neutrality in this case is extremely disappointing. When I hear the word “neutral” in such a context, Neville Chamberlain, who appeased the Nazis to achieve what he falsely called “peace in our time,” springs to mind. In reality neutrality favors the status quo. Taking a unwavering stance against obvious wrongdoing may not be the easiest path, but it is always the most honorable. It’s clear Herrod supports the governor. All the more reason for her to ditch the “neutrality” and open her mouth. An accurate statement from someone of her stature would be exactly what Brewer needs to hear.

    • eubykdisop says:

      Very well said, Proudly ProLife! I agree completely! Taking a stand against obvious wrongdoing is never the easiest path but, unquestionably, it is what God expects us to do. What’s to worry about? He unfailingly sustains us! “Easy” and “hard” are irrelevant!

  5. Orion says:

    What difference does government intrusion make? Watch this short video made available by Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson. The topic is not health care, but the results are equally horrifying. What happened to the man and his family portrayed here will be expanded to include all of us:

  6. truth or consequences says:

    Nothing odd at all about Cathi Herrod going neutral on this expansion of abortion funding as proposed by Brewer. How many of you know that Cathi’s husband was appointed as a judge to the Maricopa County Superior Court by Governor Brewer. Cathi does not want to cause any ill will with Brewer. Can anyone say conflict of interest?

    • eubykdisop says:

      I don’t know that it’s fair and reasonable to assume a conflict of interest, “truth or consequences”. However, that is clearly one possible motive which would be difficult, if not impossible, to completely rule out.

    • Sam Aritan says:

      Conflict of interest? Hardly. The two women have a long and friendly political history. The governor can’t remove Herrod’s husband from the bench, nor is it likely she would she if she could, especially since she appointed him in the first place. But that swell appointment does serve as a sock in his lobbyist wife Cathi’s mouth.

    • Andrew says:

      Cathi Herrod stand for life and she will do the right thing with all our prayers.

      • Observer says:

        Is this a joke? If you can read, you’ve already seen that Ms. Herrod say’s she and her organization “remain neutral” on Obama’s astronomically costly health care takeover, which INCLUDES money earmarked for abortion funding!! What “right thing” do you expect your prayers to bring her around to doing? Just curious. There are links to two letters in the post. Did you read them?

      • Andrew says:

        Yes, I can read and write. Prayer works. Observing, are we?

  7. eubykdisop says:

    OT: And the Obama administration, in it’s ongoing assault on America and the Judeo-Christian ethic, has now chosen as Secretary of State of The United States of America a man with family ties to our good Islamic friend… IRAN!

    “Kerry exposes Iranian family tie — and subjects family to blackmail”

    “Kenneth Timmerman”

    “In a greeting to the Iranian people on the occasion of the traditional New Year (Nowruz) holiday last week, Secretary of State John Kerry exposed a secret that journalists and academics have been agonizing over for the past six weeks: the fact that his daughter has married an Iranian-American who has extensive family ties to Iran.”

    “The Iranian website reported that shortly after their marriage, the young couple visited those relatives in Iran.”

  8. Clair Van Steenwyk says:

    We hope you’ll encourage your readers to join US at the Capitol to March for Freedom, which will include many groups from support for Pro Life, 2nd Amendment, Free Speech, etc. Against AZ Medicaid, and more, we’ll be starting at 10 am to 2 pm stay as long as they like as we believe it’s time for US to do what they did in the 60’s and get our legislators to see US during the week not just on a weekend when we’re there and they’re at home, hope you’ll consider joining the other groups taking part. God Bless You; Van

  9. Charlie Conservative says:

    I would not hold my breath waiting for the Bishops to change their support of Brewer’s increased funding effort for Planned Parenthood. The Bishops are the point of the arrow when it comes to support of progressive legislation. There is no stronger advocate in the illegal alien lobby than the Bishops. They know very well that if they are successful in obtaining citizenship for illegals, the illegals will vote Democrat and pro family and pro life issues will be swept away in a tidal wave of Democrat victories. Look how successful Cardinal MaHony was in Calif. The Bishops are out to make the entire country like Calif. They want more welfare money and bigger government. That is their progressive Golden Idol.

    • eubykdisop says:

      On the other hand, Charlie, they have been very active in opposing homosexual “marriage”. So it’s a mixed bag with regard to the Conservative view, on social issues anyway.

    • Matt DeGennaro says:

      Sad to say, you’ve hit the nail on the head with your comment, Charlie. The Bishops have, in my opinion, degenerated into a faction that gives cover to pedophile priests, moving them from parish to parish to continue to abuse innocent children and a pro amnesty for illegals arm of the Democrat party. BS long ago supplanted morality. When our parish priest died of AIDs in the late 1980‘s, we got the message. He resigned asking for our prayers and for us to “think no less of me.” Well, you know what? I did think less of him. I thought he was a hypocrite!

      The Bishops have no children so have no need to worry about future generations. They are about the here and now and how they will benefit. My family went from being generationally devout to mostly being fed up as the liberal politics replaced devotion to the rituals we once held sacred. As products of Catholic parochial schools my wife and I refused to send our children to them. They flourished at a conservative Charter school, without the liberal social justice baloney.

      • eubykdisop says:

        Matt, you are not being objective on this one and I have to call you on it in the interests of truth.


        “A Penn State historian, Philip Jenkins, has done an in depth research of pedophilia and sexual abuse among the clergy and has come up with some rather eye opening facts. It seems that while 1.7 percent of Catholic clergy have been guilty of pedophilia (or sexual abuse particularly of boys), a whopping TEN percent of Protestant ministers have been found guilty of pedophilia!”

        “This is all the more interesting, notes Jenkins, since there has been NO media term “Pastor Pedophilia” coined at all!”

        For the record, I am Protestant.

        And, as I previously mentioned, the Catholic Church strongly supports the preservation of traditional marriage, opposing homosexual “marriage”.

        There has long been a well-documented campaign by the Communists to bring down the Catholic Church. In addition, their opposition to homosexual “marriage” has made them a target of homosexual activists and the Liberal left.

        So let’s criticize the Catholic Church where it deserves criticism, praise it where it should be praised and put the transgressions of Catholic Priests in context with those of the clergy of other religions.

  10. State Committeeman says:

    Look who’s coming to Brewer’s defense again….none other than RANDY PULLEN, the onetime state GOP chairman. She owes him BIG TIME!!!! This letter is puke-worthy.