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As I discussed in my posting The Destruction of Arizona on Thursday, Governor Brewer and other Republicans are trying to balance the state's budget on the backs of those who need help the most: The poor, the working poor, their children and the mentally ill. Instead of making the tough decision to raise taxes, they want to make way for further corporate tax cuts by eliminating a major social safety net.
What the fuck is Governor Brewer thinking? If she gets the waiver, not only will almost 300 thousand men, women and children not receive Medicaid, the state will also lose about $3 billion in federal funding tied to Medicaid. $3 billion sucked out of the Arizona economy when the state needs it the most. She also will be putting a crushing burden on an already severely strained emergency room system as those 300 thousand removed from Medicaid wait until there is an emergency before they seek medical treatment.
This is "compassionate conservatism" or is it "starve the beast" run amok. Is this how a civilized society behaves? Cutting off resources for the most needy so as corporations can get another subsidy through another tax cut? Are we saying to the masses, "let them eat cake" because I think that is what Governor Brewer has done.
I ask that you contact Governor Brewer and let her know where you stand on the issue of cutting Medicaid funding to balance the state's budget. Please be sure to be civil and polite. You can contact Governor Brewer through this web page - http://azgovernor.gov/Contact.asp or you can send snail mail to:
The Honorable Jan Brewer
Governor of Arizona
1700 West Washington
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
We need to stop this madness. We need to appeal to the better angels and stop trying to fix the budgets on the backs of the poor, working poor, their children and the mentally ill.