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Updated Sep 22, 2013 - 5:03 pm

GOP panel ‘censures’ government, lawmakers over Medicaid

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — The Yavapai County Republican Committee has voted to
censure Gov. Jan Brewer and a handful of Arizona legislators over their support
of Medicaid expansion.

The Prescott Daily Courier reports that group’s
“Resolution to Censure” passed Saturday by a narrow 59-50 margin.

Yavapai County Republican Chairman Jim Dutton said the resolution was a way for
political organizations to express strong disapproval of elected officials’

Among those named in the resolution were Republican Sen. Steve Pierce and Rep.
Heather Carter.

The expansion makes about 300,000 more people eligible for Medicaid in the
state. As part of that expansion, hospitals will pay the state’s $250 million
annual match to get $1.6 billion a year from the federal government.

The resolution will be forwarded to the individuals it names.

Pierce said he rarely heard from people opposed to Medicaid expansion.

“It’s an honor to be down there serving you. It’s an honor that, five years
ago, you all put your faith in me to do what you thought I would do right and
what I feel I have done right,” Pierce told the crowd. “I put out a newsletter
and I thought I was putting it out in the right way with the right information,
with about eight letters regarding Medicaid. I didn’t really hear anyone
complaining or writing me; nobody called my office. It’s a shame we have gotten
to this instead of letting me hear about it before, but it is what it is.”

When he made the decision to support Medicaid expansion, Pierce said he had the
support of every elected official in Yavapai County.

“The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors unanimously supported this, and I
didn’t hear from the people that didn’t,” Pierce said.

House of Representatives Speaker Andy Tobin of Paulden questioned protocol with
many of the decisions made during the meeting. He asked those in attendance to
support Pierce and other elected officials.

“We haven’t even censured Obama yet. As a committee, we haven’t even censured
this president who hates our nation,” Tobin said.

Tom Steele, a member of the GOP group, said he rejoined the Republican Party
five years ago. He said the censure represents Republican values.

“I realized we had to do more than we were doing before. Part of that is to
clean up the stalls in our own barn. That means removing the RINOs (Republicans
in Name Only) and those that are seeking to elevate themselves,” Steele said.


Information from: The Daily Courier,


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