On April 12, 2013, the Area Directors of Yavapai County Republican Committee joined a long list of Republican Committees across Arizona to pass a resolution opposing the Governor’s Medicaid expansion. The resolution appears below. You can find all of the resolutions here: MCRC GOP.
YAVAPAI COUNTY REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE
Resolution in Opposition to the Governor’s Expansion of Medicaid
April 12, 2013
Whereas, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) will add 300,000 people to the already stretched system; and
Whereas, the voters of Arizona clearly expressed their will to reject implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) via Proposition 106 in 2010; and
Whereas, the Federal program requires matching funds, which Arizona does not have without a tax increase. Further, after 3 years the Federal match is reduced. And further, predictions are that the cost of health care insurance will rise from 20 to 100%; and
Whereas, the taxpaying citizens of Arizona will be forced to assume the financial burden of maintaining this massive expansion when the Federal funds fail; and
Whereas, the U.S. Supreme Court explicitly ruled that each State is free to reject implementation of the ACA Medicaid Expansion and Insurance Exchanges, the two cornerstones of the Affordable Care Act, without which ACA collapses as a practical and functioning program; and
Whereas, it is fair to treat all equally, it is not fair however to give the director of AHCCCS the authority to exempt some hospitals from the "assessment" (another tax increase); and
Whereas, supporting the big government takeover of our health care system, even for a short-term gift of federal funds, does NOT reflect the values of the Republican Party or the interests of the taxpayers of Arizona; and
Whereas, the Area Directors of the Yavapai County Republican Committee by the nature of their office enjoy a close proximity with and thereby a better understanding of the concerns of the voter base, and
Whereas, we believe Arizona should totally design and be responsible for healthcare for Arizona citizens; now therefore be it
Resolved, that we, the Area Directors of the Yavapai County Republican Committee do affirm and declare our opposition to the Governor’s plan to expand Medicaid in support of ACA, and, be it further
Resolved, that we, the Area Directors of the Yavapai County Republican Committee strongly advise that the Legislators of the State of Arizona House and Senate stand with the people of Arizona in opposition to the Governor’s plan to expand Medicaid in support of ACA by defeating any bill to such ends.