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Whatever ‘Obamacare’ result, Ariz. wise to take federal funds

Tue, Apr 23, 2013


By J. Fife Symington III My Turn Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:59 AM

Arizona has come to a critical point of decision regarding health care and the federal government’s deepening occupation of that field. In choosing Arizona’s course, state policy makers must weigh all the circumstances — many beyond their control — and factor a great deal of additional uncertainty into the calculus. Those kinds of decisions are never much fun to make.

Like Gov. Jan Brewer, I have opposed President Barack Obama’s federal takeover of health care. I see little reason to expect this will lead to good outcomes for the American people. It’s a complex subject, but here’s the short of it: For the sake of getting health care to the indigent and reducing costs, we will in stages collectivize medical science and human health. Neither history nor human nature nor the present sickly state of American politics suggests this is wise. In fact it may be insane.

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Congress, Medicaid, J. Fife Symington III

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