Tuesday, June 11, 2013


The state senate has already passed the Medicaid expansion bill, the governor wants to sign it and that means the only obstacle remaining is the state house.
Medicaid showdown today?

House panel balks at expansion, but bipartisan coalition is likely to revive effort
By Mary K. Reinhart The Republic | azcentral.com Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:40 PM

The Arizona House could consider Medicaid expansion as early as today, less than 24 hours after Republicans in a key committee defeated Gov. Jan Brewer’s top legislative priority.

At least eight Republicans are joining with the chamber’s 24 Democrats to form a majority in the 60-member House and push Medicaid expansion through.

Under House rules, a simple majority of 31 members can wield broad authority, including bringing bills to the floor for debate. As happened in the Senate last month, the House coalition is positioned to overrule Tobin, R-Paulden, and the rest of the GOP leadership.

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