Americans for Prosperity AZ is having a meltdown over the Medicaid expansion

16 Jan 2013 09:23 pm
Posted by: Donna

Someone please get Tom Jenney a valium. I didn’t think it was possible to get this upset over the poors getting health care but the President of AFP-AZ is simply beside himself with fury.

In its 2012 decision in NFIB v. Sebelius, the same court challenge that Brewer proudly joined, a 7-2 majority of the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could not withhold Medicaid funds from States that did not participate in the Medicaid expansion under ACA/ObamaCare. The expansion is entirely voluntary for States. If Arizona makes the mistake of voluntarily opting into the Medicaid expansion under ACA/ObamaCare, we will have only Arizona politicians to blame…

…Expanding from 100 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) to 138 percent of FPL is not “just slightly” — full participation in the Medicaid expansion would add 250,000 Arizonans to Medicaid/AHCCCS. More important than the fiscal cost to federal and state taxpayers is the human cost of railroading tens or hundreds of thousands of Arizonans into a low-quality, government-managed health insurance system. As the Manhattan Institute’s Avik Roy explains, “Studies consistently show that patients on Medicaid have the worst health outcomes of any group in America—far worse than those with private insurance and, in some cases, worse than those with no insurance at all.” Please read more about this crucial point here: and here:

Be sure to read the link and see how Jenney gets increasingly, and comically, irate in his imaginary argument with the Governor’s office. Jenney can’t help but make it obvious to everyone that he seethes with resentment over anything the government does to make poor people’s lives better, but his attempt to disguise it by making the risible claim that people in poverty or slightly above it will be made worse off by qualifying for Medicaid than they are by being uninsured is shockingly disingenuous. The links are to Manhattan Institute research where they demonstrate poorer outcomes for Medicaid recipients than privately insured patients or those who pay entirely out of pocket for some medical conditions. Media Matters explains here why such studies are flawed and it’s a bad idea to derive sweeping conclusions about the value of Medicaid from them.

AFP and other conservative critics of the ACA Medicaid expansion propose replacing it with block grants to states, making vague promises of greater innovation and efficiency. But make no mistake, block grants are a humongous cut to the program. And Governor Brewer’s announcement is one more step away from that, hence the hissyfit.


  1. Comment by Mike Slater on January 17, 2013 11:44 am

    How about the poor pay for their own health care.

  2. Comment by Old Economy Steve on January 17, 2013 2:47 pm

    As a conservative I know I have all the answers, and the answers are the poor should stop expecting everyone else to pay for things and instead get a job with a union just like I did.

  3. Comment by Timmys Cat on January 17, 2013 2:52 pm

    Looks like Jenney is just another rightwing grifter who’s addicted to Koch.

    Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a group fronting special interests started by oil billionaire David Koch and Richard Fink (a member of the board of directors of Koch Industries). AFP has been accused of funding astroturf operations but also has been fueling the “Tea Party” efforts. [1] AFP’s messages are in sync with those of other groups funded by the Koch Family Foundations and the Koch’s other special interest groups that work against progressive or Democratic initiatives and protections for workers and the environment. Accordingly, AFP opposes labor unions, health care reform,……..

    Jenney doesn’t give a damn about Arizonans. His concern is for out of state billionaire oil barons. Any opinion he has is invalid because his platform is based upon a deception.
    He says what his masters tell him to say, not for any actual conviction on his part. I doubt he has any true convictions.


  4. Comment by Timmys Cat on January 17, 2013 4:50 pm

    Mmmm, talk about abut not only lack of convictions, but also total lack of transparency and honesty.

    The State Policy Network (SPN) is a network of state level think tanks and policy organizations that act as a coordinated front for a variety of corporate priorities …….

    The Charles G. Koch Foundation is a member of the State Policy Network.

    The State Policy Network also includes numerous “Associate Members,” often based in Washington, DC, that are part of the Koch-funded climate denial machine, some of which were established by the Koch brothers.
    •Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFP – co-founded by chairman David Koch) and state AFP chapters.
    •Manhattan Institute for Public Policy

    O yeah too also

    The following Koch-funded State Policy Network member organizations are involved in coordinated public relations campaigns to …..
    •The Goldwater Institute (Arizona)

    Cat Google-Fu!

    will work for sashimi

  5. Comment by Mike Slater on January 17, 2013 5:47 pm

    The Koch brothers can’t hold a candle to all the George Soros funded anti-American groups.

  6. Comment by Timmys Cat on January 17, 2013 6:40 pm

    A Red Herring is a fallacy in which an irrelevant topic is presented in order to divert attention from the original issue. The basic idea is to “win” an argument by leading attention away from the argument and to another topic

  7. Comment by Timmys Cat on January 18, 2013 1:02 pm

    Karoli at C&L puts it best.

    They’re just playing the “how can I get a reaction” game while the rest of us are actually trying to have an adult discussion. This is characteristic of trolls: They intend to disrupt and disturb rational conversations in order to put the attention on themselves.

    Yep enuff I need a bath.

  8. Comment by Old Economy Steve on January 21, 2013 4:52 pm

    As a conservative, I am proud knowing the George Soros’s money and the Koch brother’s money has as much freedom of speech as I have.

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