Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Reverses Herself on Obamacare: ‘You have to Look at the Math’

Arizona governor Jan Brewer was once a Tea Party hero, making her name on Fox News as a fierce opponent of President Obama’s healthcare reform, even appearing at CPAC to rail against the evils of Obamacare.

But ever since she announced in her State of the State Address this year that she would accept Obamacare and expand Medicaid — whether Republicans liked it or not — her conservative bonafides came crashing down in the eyes of her former GOP allies.

Brewer’s shift towards Obamacare was so absolute that she promised to veto every single bill the legislature sent to her office until they accepted Obamacare as well.

“We were all so adamant that we didn’t like Obamacare. We fought tooth and nail. But there comes a time when you have to look at the reality. You have to look at the math,” Brewer said in an interview with POLITICO. “It’s not only a mathematical issue, but it’s a moral issue.”



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    Willow Richardson

    June 6, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    “It’s not only a mathematical issue, but it’s a moral issue.” The woman has morals?

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    Bob Cull

    June 6, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Wow! Didn’t see that one coming! Did she suddenly grow a brain? I can’t believe that more of them can’t see that it is stupid to refuse to cooperate with the implementation of the ACA just because they hate the President. I just saw on Colbert this morning the plan that Tennessee has come up with in lieu of accepting the funds to expand Medicaid, what a bunch of geniuses they have running their state! The “lottery” system that they are using will only cover about 3 tenths of one percent of the people in the state who are uninsured and don’t have the income to purchase private insurance. But they are standing on their principles and not expanding medicaid even though it would have been mostly paid for by the federal government. Yes sir, Tennessee Teapubs are really serving their constituents!

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    June 6, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    *checks the address bar*

    Wait a minute. I’m not reading The Onion in this tab… this must be real!

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    June 6, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    We Arizonans support Gov. Brewer on Affordable Health Care. Let’s look at reality; thank you, very much…

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    Carla Amstutz

    June 12, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    When was it that American people forgot to remember that “WE” as a whole pay the tab for these programs. This is not a gift basket without repercussions in the future, folks! Government money doesn’t grow on trees, it comes from “We the people…..”.

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    Bob Cull

    June 12, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    When will you people learn that the Teapubs and Faux News have been lying to you? The ACA is not a government run health insurance program! There are two components that are, many who cannot afford insurance will become eligible for Medicaid and those just above them in income will be able to obtain a subsidy so that they can afford insurance. The rest of the program is not really a “program” at all, it is a requirement that you carry health insurance. So tell me now, where does this imaginary “free health care” come in?

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    June 17, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    No morals. They have something on her, like they had the issue of the adoption of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court when he broke the law to approve Obamacare. This is Chicago politics

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    Bob Cull

    June 18, 2013 at 10:20 am

    They are doing wonderful things with a combination of therapy and anti psychotic drugs these days, Susan.

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    August 21, 2013 at 9:08 am

    The TN legislature hasn’t figured out that citizens will be moving out of TN in pursuit of healthcare…especially those who live close to state lines. TN is already experiencing a loss of our educated youth due to lack of opportunity. Now small business will pick up stakes and move over the state line.

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    Stuart Johnson

    September 16, 2013 at 12:28 am

    We The People includes Bob, Me, Fusejockey,and a lot of other TAXPAYERS, not just you and right wing gas bags like you Carla. So what do you suggest our money be spent on? Bombs? The failed war on drugs? More Prisons? Bailouts and subsidies for large corporations? Let’s see, you are against paying for healthcare, infrastructure improvement, education…so what do you suggest? WE The People (or at least a majority of us) have elected President Obama twice now and the platform he ran on both times was healthcare and prosperity for the rest of us, not just the wealthy. Do you think for a minute that the same Tea Party darling that was wagging her finger in our Presidents face on the tarmac a year ago, would have made such an about face were it not true that this is the way to fix an unfair, broken healthcare system. It has become clear to me (and I’m only speaking for myself) that most of you right wingers are saying a lot of words, but what you really mean to say is”N***GER, N***GER, N***GER!”

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    Stuart Johnson

    September 16, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Please see my reply to Carla, it applies to you as well.

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    September 20, 2013 at 4:36 am

    You get 5 stars for your comment!

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    September 20, 2013 at 4:40 am

    You get 5 stars for your comment!

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    September 20, 2013 at 4:42 am

    Susan, I agree with Bob, but I recommend you do it sooner rather than later. Psychosis gets worse if not treated.

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    September 20, 2013 at 4:44 am

    P.S. If I were your doctor, I would also recommend that you stop watching Faux News! It will really help!

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    October 7, 2013 at 3:58 am

    For those against the ACA, I ask you this: who do you think is paying for all those who use the ER as a walk-in clinic? Who is paying for all the uninsureds who end up hospitalized following an accident or illness? There has never been such a thing as “free health care,” or a “free hospital.” It’s ALWAYS cost money…so, when the bills do not get paid by the patient, they are offset by charging all the rest of us more…in our insurance premiums and tax dollars. There may be times when a hospital writes off services, but this is a rare happening.

    Does it not make sense then, to implement a system for the uninsured? I mean, we are ALREADY PAYING for out of control health care costs, already paying for under insured and uninsured – so why not pay instead for a system that will help those who need it? Will it be without flaws? Likely no, but no health care services are. (I don’t know of a perfectly run insurance comany, do you?) It seems that most who argue against the ACA don’t even really know what it is, and have judged it – quite harshly – before they’ve even studied it. (Seemingly because they just don’t like the president?) Many don’t even know that ACA and “obamacare” are one in the same! So c’mon folks, start understanding that ACA is the law of the land, and if there is anything “underhanded” going on, it’s this ridiculous gov’t shutdown, due to teapublicans arguing against something that is already law. Shameful.

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