Pima County Republican Party Opposes the Governors Expansion of Medicaid

The list of Republican Party Legislative Districts in opposition to Governor Brewer’s expansion of Medicaid is growing.  Legislative Districts 15, 16, 17, and 22 have passed Resolutions. The Executive Committee of LD12 has done the same.  More LD’s are joining the battle.  It began with Pima County. 

Resolution of the Pima County Republican Party

in opposition to

the Governors expansion of Medicaid  (AHCCCS) in support of Obamacare.


Preface: Governor Jan Brewer asked the Republican Party leadership from across Arizona, including County and LD Chairman, to attend a meeting regarding her plans to expand Medicaid  (AHCCCS) on January 23, 2013. Her plan would implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) to raise Medicaid eligibility to 133% of the Federal poverty level with Arizona ultimately paying at least 10-20% of the cost. She proposes to finance Arizona’s cost by an "assessment" on Hospitals. Having heard the Governor’s proposal, and given serious consideration to her position, the Executive Committee of the Pima County Republican Party, including the Pima County GOP Chairman, the Chairman and representatives of each of the Legislative Districts therein, voted unanimously to oppose the Governor’s plans to expand Medicaid in support of ObamaCare.

Whereas, The Voters of Arizona clearly expressed their will to reject implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) when they voted to amend the Arizona Constitution via Proposition 106 in 2010. The State of Arizona cannot afford to be saddled with the costs of implementing this federal program, AND, the People of Arizona do not support Obamacare, assisting in the implementation of Obamacare or subsidizing the Federal Government with state funds in implementing Obamacare.

Whereas, The "assessment" on hospitals is in reality just a tax – and worse yet a hidden tax – that will ultimately be passed on to all hospital patients in higher costs. A tax increase requires super-majority approval in the legislature, and labeling it as an "assessment" is a disingenuous attempt to skirt that requirement.

Whereas, No government entitlement program has ever effectively been scaled back, or eliminated, or held within its initial cost projections. The long term and evolving costs of the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion will surely bankrupt Arizona just as surely as Obamacare will bankrupt the USA.

Whereas, The US Supreme Court explicitly ruled that each State is free to reject implementation of the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion and Insurance Exchanges. These two programs are the cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act. Without implementation of these programs Obamacare collapses as a practical functioning program. The Federal government is incapable of implementing these programs by 2014 or even 2016 without the local organization, legwork, and financial subsidies by the States. Thus the fastest and most efficient means to end Obamacare is simply for each State to refuse to do the Feds job for them and allow them fail.

Whereas, Governor Brewer touts AHCCCS as the conservative model for Medicaid and encourages us to expand the program to show the other states how to do it right. We believe There is no such thing as a conservative model for expanding Socialism. 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.

Therefore it is Resolved:

We, the Executive Committee of the Pima County Republican Party, Officers, Members at Large, Chairmen and representatives of LD 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 and 14, unanimously affirm and declare our opposition to the Governors plan to expand Medicaid in support of Obamacare.

We applaud Governor Brewer’s decision to stand firm against the Exchanges and urge her and all Republican legislators to hold the line against enabling the socialist takeover of our health care system and insurance industry by supporting the medicaid expansion. Do not sell out our republican principles and our birthright of Liberty for a bowl of lentils and the promise of 3 years funding that will benefit a few special interests at the cost of our State sovereignty and our core Republican values. We will adamantly oppose those who compromise our core values for short term political expediency. Governor Brewer is correct that "elections have consequences". She is wrong in believing that it means that we must roll over and forsake our core values as the Arizona Republican Party whenever Republicans lose a national race.

"Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here."

John Parker, Battle of Lexington, 1775.

Pima County Republican Party Executive Committee:

Chairman: Carolyn Cox

1st vice chairman: Tyler Mott

2nd vice chairman: Alan Beuerlein

3rd vice chairman: Bob Moss

4th vice chairman: John Lesko

Treasurer: Ed Miller

Secretary: Shellie Simler

Members at large:

     Linda Barber

     Parraleee Schneider

     Pat Sexton

     Bob Westerman

LD2     Chairman: Phil Opdenbrouw

LD3     Chairman: Harold Hough

LD4     Chairman: Richard Gaydosh

LD9     Chairman: Donna Alu

LD10   Chairman: Paul Diggins

LD11   Chairman: Richard Brinkley

LD14   Chairman: Sean Collins