Arizona Representatives Carl Seel, Steve Smith, Adam Kwasman, David W. Stevens, Bob Thorpe, Judy Burges, Brenda Barton, David Livingston, Darin Mitchell, Kelly Townsend, Sonny Borrelli, John Allen and Kelli Ward have introduced a bill that would prohibit the expansion of medicaid in Arizona.
HB2352 would amend Arizona statutes by adding a section on the expansion of medicaid. The text of the bill simply states:
“Any statutory or administrative expansion of eligible person, as defined pursuant to section 36-2901, shall not take effect until the joint legislative budget committee certifies to the governor, the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives that expansion will be budget neutral for the next twenty fiscal years.”
Leading the long list of sponsor’s on this bill is Representative Carl Seel. Being the first representative to prefile a house bill with HB2001 (state health care exchange; prohibition) his urgency to remedy Arizona’s health care system is obvious! When asked about Jan Brewer’s recent decision to expand medicaid, he stated, “it’s another federal government program we don’t need to be involved in. The reason why Jan decided to expand is because the federal government pays 90% of the fee.”
LEGISLATION AND TRACKING
If you would like to see model legislation to introduce in your state to nullify state health care exchanges, please see The Tenth Amendment Center’s Model Legislation: Model Legislation: Nullify Obamacare in 4 Steps
Track the status of federal health care nullification legislation in states around the country HERE
If you live in Arizona, contact your state legislator. Let him or her know your concern for the expansion of medicaid and that you expect support for this legislation. Click here for contact information.
If you live outside of Arizona, still contact your state legislator. Inform him or her that you hope similar legislation will be introduced in your state.
Also, you may want to contact the sponsors and co-sponsors of this bill and thank them:
Representatives Carl Seel, Steve Smith, Adam Kwasman, David W. Stevens, Bob Thorpe, Judy Burges, Brenda Barton, David Livingston, Darin Mitchell, Kelly Townsend, Sonny Borrelli, John Allen and Kelli Ward