Thursday, September 12, 2013

Campbell to Medicaid expansion opponents: ‘Accept that this is something the people want’

Campbell to Medicaid expansion opponents: ‘Accept that this is something the people want’

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 24), released this statement after news that the group seeking to refer Medicaid expansion to the ballot failed to get enough signatures.

“When a bipartisan majority of lawmakers at the Legislature successfully passed Medicaid expansion, we showed that we can move beyond the political gamesmanship to do the work of the people. We listened when Arizonans demanded that we set aside the partisan bickering and get the job done.

“The group trying to get enough signatures to refer this issue to the ballot failed for a very simple reason - Arizonans want common-sense legislation, and expanding Medicaid makes sense. It will help hundreds of thousands of Arizonans get access to health care, bring millions of dollars into our economy, help keep rural hospitals open and create jobs.

“Now there is an attempt to stall this progress in court. I am confident this effort also will fail. Instead of spending valuable resources continuing this fight, it’s time for the opponents of Medicaid expansion to move forward and accept that this is something the people want.  Instead, we should be focused on finding more ways to work together and address other important issues, like creating jobs and improving education.”



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