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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012 10:31 am | Updated: 10:56 am, Wed Dec 5, 2012.

Citing too many questions, costs with the State Health Exchange, Gov. Jan Brewer notified the Obama Administration on Wednesday that the State of Arizona will not pursue the creation of a state-based Health Exchange.

Instead, Arizona will participate in a federally-operated Exchange, according to the guidelines of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

“This decision comes following an extensive research and outreach process during which my team of health advisors conducted public hearings and met with HHS, patient advocates and representatives of Arizona hospitals, health providers, insurers, tribal groups and other members of the health care community,” Brewer said. “This has been one of the more difficult decisions of my career in public service. My opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unwavering, as is my belief that it should be repealed and replaced with legislation that achieves its stated goals: to improve access to quality, affordable health care in this country. But I am also aware that the ACA remains the law of the land. Likewise, though I am a steady advocate of local control, I have come to the conclusion that the State of Arizona would wield little actual authority over its ‘state’ Exchange. The federal government would maintain oversight and control over virtually every aspect of our Exchange, limiting our ability to meet the unique needs of Arizonans and the Arizona insurance market.”

Brewer said a state Exchange would be costly. Though the federal government has pledged to pay nearly all startup costs, states that form their own health exchanges are on the hook for operational expenses beginning in 2015. Those costs could total $27 million to $40 million annually for the State of Arizona, according to a recent study conducted by Mercer, said Brewer.

Brewer’s decision was met with applause from Republicans, but left many Democrats confused.

Arizona Democratic Party Executive Director Luis Heredia said, “Governor Brewer’s decision to abandon a state-run health insurance exchange is another example of her partisan opposition and lack of cooperation to improve the lives of Arizonans. She has disregarded the advice of health care professionals and business leaders who have encouraged pursuit of a state-run exchange, and instead has caved in to Republican extremists and their attack of the Affordable Care Act. Governor Brewer is more concerned with political posturing than in trying to ease the burden on the more than 1 million Arizonans who are without health insurance.”

Arizona Senate President-Elect Republican Anny Biggs applauded the decision.

“I support the decision today by Governor Brewer that Arizona will not operate its own Health Insurance Exchange,” he said. “I appreciate her thoughtful deliberation and the research of the Governor and her advisers on the concept of an exchange run by the state. I concur with her opinion on the drawbacks of a state-created but federally-controlled exchange. Any exchange run by Arizona would still include an inappropriate imposition by the federal government on our state. While the Affordable Care Act is the mandate of the federal government, I remain unalterably opposed to the Act.”

This is not the first time Brewer has openly disagreed with the Obama Administration. Gov. Brewer and President Barack Obama have also openly disagreed on illegal immigration policy.

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4 comments:

  • Dana Whitson posted at 7:21 pm on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    Dana Whitson Posts: 2

    Thank God she is not a part of it! Brewer is just another of several Republican governors that have been opposed to the ACA and have dragged their feet throughout. How would the interests of Arizonans been served by having someone opposed to setting up exchanges be in charge of the set up and efficient design of said exchanges? Later, after Arizona voters have come to their senses and dumped this Governor, there will be the opportunity for the state to take control of its exchange if there is a local benefit to do it.
    Her decision to decline running a state exchange is her best decision yet as governor.

     
  • Benjamin Nutanyahoo posted at 8:51 am on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    Benjamin Nutanyahoo Posts: 1

    "ASIA FOR THE ASIANS, AFRICA FOR THE AFRICANS, WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYBODY!"

    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

     
  • UninformedElectorate posted at 11:01 pm on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    UninformedElectorate Posts: 1

    Never gonna happen. The feds can't afford it can they? You are watching ObamaTax unravel before your very eyes. Enjoy...

     
  • logic_101 posted at 11:31 am on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    logic_101 Posts: 1

    The genius of being a stupid person is that you can be elected to an office like governor of a state and by you own ignorance support a program and think that you are opposing it. Arizona will have a health exchange, it will function within ACA and it will function at a significantly higher efficiency tan it would have if the illiterate dunderhead had set it up.

     

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