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AP: AZ Wants Medicaid Waiver, Kills 2

From an outraged Associated Press:

Brewer signs Ariz. bill on Medicaid waiver request

Fri Jan 21, 2011

PHOENIX – Ariz. Gov. Jan Brewer signed an emergency bill Friday allowing the cash-short state to seek a federal waiver to temporarily remove nearly 300,000 people from its Medicaid rolls in the first such request by a state.

Governor Brewer is obviously of real pioneer stock.

If granted by the administration of President Barack Obama, the waiver would let the state scale back coverage to near that of most other states and save $541.5 million, making it the single biggest element in Brewer’s plan to eliminate a projected $1.1 billion shortfall in the next state budget.

Why should only businesses and unions get waivers from Mr. Obama? (Just kidding. We know why.)

Brewer said Medicaid’s explosive growth is unsustainable and threatens to consume the core functions of state government.

Ever notice how the left only uses the term ‘sustainable’ when it comes to the environment? Somehow sustainability doesn’t matter for anything else.

The Arizona House and Senate approved the authorization requested by Brewer on Thursday amid questions about whether the waiver request would be approved by the Obama administration, and if the legislation would survive an anticipated court challenge.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

The waiver issue could set the stage for yet another health care battle between the federal government and states.

Arizona is already among states participating in a legal challenge to the federal health care overhaul. Several Republican legislators said the waiver would allow the state to chart its own course on health care and budgeting.

Just like they have done for the last 200 years or so.

Arizona, which has seen its revenue drop by a third due to the recession and the collapse of the homebuilding industry, also reduced Medicaid coverage for transplants on Oct. 1.

And let’s not forget the boycott against them, which certainly must have hurt their revenues.

Two people who were eligible for transplants before coverage ended for some procedures have since died, with hospital officials attributing one to the coverage change.

Of course the AP would end with such an anonymous claim. After all, it’s they’ve got a job to do. And that means defending the Democrat agenda against all comers.

But if this is true, isn’t the boycott at least partially responsible?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, January 23rd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “AP: AZ Wants Medicaid Waiver, Kills 2”

  1. proreason says:

    My only question is why two people with no income were scheduled to receive organ transplants, which have to be the creme de la creme of modern medicine?

    If they were going to get the most expensive medical procedure known to mankind for free, why weren’t they also scheduled to receive $60,000 Volvos and MacMansions (well, they were probably already living in free MacMansions, now that I think about it). I’ll bet that Volvos save more lives than transplants, and besides, why shouldn’t every hard-collecting citizen (or non-citizen) get what every hard-harding working citizen can buy if he busts his ass long enough. It’s only fair.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    “Seeks Waivers”

    Like the SEIU unions which spent blood and treasure to make sure ObamaCare got passed. They’re now seeking waivers.

  3. wardmama4 says:

    Two people who were eligible for transplants before coverage ended for some procedures have since died, with hospital officials attributing one to the coverage change.

    Completely ignoring (thus most especially wrong for hospital officials) – that a person on a transplant list is already in dire, almost terminal medical condition – which is most probably the real cause of death.

    The REPEAL of Obamacare must be going along well – to have our ‘victims’ – being used again to bash those of us against Government control of healthcare.

  4. Mae says:

    Be prepared for more poor souls being trotted out or wheeled out in press conferences decrying those horrible Republicans who are denying coverage and thus killing our most needy citizens!

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    Lets’ make this simple. If the 300,000 people being dropped
    are illegals then I’m all for it. Since when is it racial profiling if
    one targets “ILLEGALS” in such cases?
    Well, there it is……..I’m a h8r!

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