Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Brewer cedes local control to federal government with health insurance exchange decision

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senators Leah Landrum Taylor (Laveen, D-16) and Linda Lopez (Tucson, D-29) released the following statements on today's announcement by Governor Brewer that she will not establish a state-run health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act, instead making Arizonans utilize a federally-facilitated exchange:

Sen. Lopez
Senator Linda Lopez:
"I'm puzzled that the Governor is willing to defer to the federal government control of a job best done by local groups and entities that have a better understanding of the healthcare needs of our citizens," said Sen. Lopez. "It is certainly disheartening that Republicans in the Legislature put partisanship first and vowed to derail any attempt to create a state-run exchange.”

Sen. Landrum Taylor
Senator Leah Landrum Taylor:
"This is a missed opportunity to establish healthcare solutions that are tailor-made for the unique needs of our state. I would think the governor would want to be involved in decisions affecting the well-being of Arizonans." said Sen. Landrum Taylor. “That said, we remain available to help ensure that the federally-facilitated exchange meets the needs of the people of Arizona."

Senator Leah Landrum Taylor is the current Assistant Minority Leader and the incoming Minority Leader for the 2013-14 term. Senator Linda Lopez is the incoming Assistant Minority Leader.