The Arizona Supreme Court is due to hear a case today filed by State Republicans over the Medicaid expansion put into place by former Az Governor Jan Brewer that gives healthcare to low income families and individuals. It was put into place by Gov Brewer when Obamacare was passed into law and Arizona’s Republicans have been up in arms ever since! That’s NOT surprising because, frankly, Arizona has a notorious reputation for trying any way they can to increase the burden on poor and working poor families and individuals in the state. Of course, Arizona also has a notorious reputation for being unwilling to recognize such statesmen as the former Dr Martin Luther King and Caesar Chavez too. The state only recognized the MLK holiday when concerts and conventions began cancelling events in Arizona in protest of the state’s refusal to honor MLK. Once Arizona legislators figured out how much MONEY would be lost they changed their toon rather quickly and recognized the MLK holiday. A similar scenario revolved around the late migrant worker rights advocate Caesar Chavez. The state reluctantly created a special day to honor him in the same tone with MLK. Arizona should be ashamed but the state government in Phoenix is far from being so.
Getting back to Arizona Republicans ongoing assault on the working poor….400,000 POOR people in the state are now in jeopardy of losing their healthcare. Back in 1992 Arizona voters approved Prop 108 requiring a 2/3 majority vote of the state legislature for any new or increased tax enacted in the state. It also applies to the “authorization of any new administratively set fee.” Republican lawmakers in Arizona claim that the Medicaid expansion was a tax and fee and that Governor Brewer expanded Medicaid without legislative approval so her actions were illegal and the Medicaid expansion is illegal. Governor Brewer said it was not a tax or a fee and the Appeals Court agreed with her when State Republicans sued her about 5 minutes after she signed the Medicaid expansion into law. Think pack of wolves with rabies because Republican lawmakers in Arizona seem to REALLY hate poor people for some reason. Oh and Hispanics too! Let us not forget SB1070 giving Arizona cops authority to stop Hispanics and see if they were legal or not. I assume Arizona doesn’t think the USA has any Hispanic citizens born in the USA not Mexico???
To further confuse this issue back in 2013 the Az legislature handed power to the state’s Medicaid (AHCCCS) director to impose an assessment on hospitals to pay for the state’s share of Obamacare. State Republicans had enough votes to block this move but they didn’t for some odd reason! Now they claim that this measure was illegally enacted because the powers given to the state Medicaid director were not enacted by a 2/3 vote but by a simply majority in the legislative vote!
So, if the Az Supreme Court agrees with State Republicans that means the $290 million assessment imposed by the state’s Medicaid director will be eliminated and the state will NOT get the federal Obamacare dollars. And what that means is that all 400,000 poor and working poor people living in Arizona will have NO HEALTHCARE AND NO HEALTH INSURANCE! Further, those people will have to claim on their federal taxes that they did not have health insurance for the entire year and they will then have to pay the Obamacare FINE for not having insurance. For the poor and the working poor it’s a NO WIN situation and I’m sure state Republicans are gleefully hoping the court rules their way so they can stick it to the poor!! Hillbilly State Arizona holds the opinion that all poor people are LAZY and WORTHLESS btw. Think Arizona is an archaic, backwards, RACIST state? You could not be more RIGHT!! IT IS!!!
So once again Arizona is on a crusade to persecute the poor and non-White residents for which they have a long, long reputation of doing anyway they possibly can. I have to laugh when people claim there is no racism in the US today because in Arizona it is OBVIOUS and BLATANT. In fact, Arizona is a shining example of modern day hate and racism! Just ask any Hispanic, Black, or Native American living in the state and they can tell you all about it. And, Arizona, really has a dislike for Hispanics especially because they think we are all illegals. Oh and as for DACA….Arizona wants all those brought into the state when they were CHILDREN by their illegal parents GONE too. In fact, I’ve come to the conclusion that Arizona’s vision of the future is to have a state that is all White, upper middle class, subservient citizenry, no welfare, no civil rights, and overflowing with corruption that is simply ignored. And CORRUPTION should be the state’s motto btw as it is RAMPANT! But that is another story 🙂
The IGNORANCE in Arizona is BLINDING!!