Governor’s health exchange decision will damage the economy
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Arizona House Democrats are lambasting Gov. Jan Brewer’s decision to prevent the creation of a state-based health exchange. Instead, the state will participate in a federally-operated exchange.
“The governor has made an irresponsible decision,” House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 14), said. “The state has already spent millions of dollars developing the infrastructure to support the exchange. The governor is going to throw that all away so she can push an extremist agenda. We’ve come to expect political grandstanding from her, but this is a whole new level.
“A state-run exchange would be better for consumers – it would allow Arizonans to make more decisions about their own health care. This exchange is one of the key areas in the Affordable Care Act that provides local people the flexibility to make decisions about what is best for local communities. The governor just signed over a lot of power to the federal government.”
House Minority Whip Anna Tovar, D-Tolleson (District 13), also is concerned about the financial impact the governor’s decision will have on the state.
“The governor is limiting our options and this will damage the economy,” Tovar said. “Even if state-owned insurance companies are permitted to operate under a federally-run exchange, they will be subject to dual regulation in one marketplace. Smaller companies may not have adequate resources to compete and may be driven out of business.”