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Arizona Legislature closing in on Medicaid vote

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is bringing her Medicaid expansion charm
offensive back to the Capitol as her staff continues to negotiate with
legislative leaders who hold the key to bringing the proposal to a vote.

Thursday’s press conference and rally features mental health professionals and
comes as a growing number of lawmakers are saying they believe the proposal may
have the votes to pass.

They include not only minority Democrats but moderate Republicans. Those groups
need to join together to overcome opposition from conservative Republicans
opposed to Brewer’s embrace of a key provision of President Barack Obama’s
health care overhaul law.

House speaker Andy Tobin disagreed, saying he thinks he’s short of votes in the

The proposal would add about 300,000 Arizonans to the nearly 1.3 million now


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