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Rally and Petition Drive to Stop the Medicaid Expansion in Arizona

Posted: June 23, 2013 at 7:00 am   /   by

By Susan Leeper:

On June 22, 2013, the United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives organized a kickoff rally and signing ceremony for a petition drive on the Capitol Lawn in Phoenix.

Comprising the alliance are Republican precinct committee members, small businesses, and hard-working Arizona taxpayers to stop Governor Brewer from bringing Obamacare to Arizona.

Volunteers around the state will be collecting 100,000 signatures by September 8 to stop the expansion of eligibility for Arizona’s Medicaid program called The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) beginning January 1, 2014. The petition is for the purpose of putting this expansion to a vote by taxpayers for approval or disapproval in the November 2014 election.

Details are available at

David Leeper

David Leeper

David Leeper is a retired engineer living in Scottsdale, AZ, with his wife of 44 years. He is currently a volunteer science teacher at In his 40-year career he held positions from lab technician to technical vice president at Bell Labs, Motorola, and Intel. He holds 16 patents in telecom technology and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. During his career, he wrote mainly for technical journals including Scientific American. He began writing for in 2011.
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  1. sleepergirl says:

    I read on after O”Brewer signed the bill and the URAPC were getting their organization ready, that the Left is “sore angry” that the GOP is even thinking about this.  How soon they forget that right after the voters re-elected both Sen Russell Pearce and Sheriff Arpaio, they immediately staged a recall initiative.  So after there was a bona fide election where the PEOPLE spoke, they set out to turn it around.  Here on this Medicaid issue, our elected officials, who were supposed to represent their party and constituents ,betrayed their trust and voted with O’Brewer and her gang.  And look at  O’Brewer’s tactics with late night emergency meetings, threatening to unseat the House Speaker and Senate President, buying off the turn-coat GOP legislators, bussing in rally supporters.  You would think she was a student of Saul Alinsky!  At teast she flushed out those GOP legislators who have to go.
    Here’s a chance for the PEOPLE to approve or disapprove.  The Left can run home crying for all I care.  Turn about is fair play.

    1. @sleepergirl For those whose ultimate goal is power, elections are a tool, to be used when they suit them and cast off when they do not.

  2. Roger Score says:

    Why is the Arizona Chamber of Commerce lobbying for Expanded Medicaid? Why then at the same time, do 80% of NFIB Members oppose Expanded Medicaid? 
    Do laws that kill jobs help poor people, or do they create more poor people? Just curious, since so many laws that increase labor cost and reduce employment opportunities are being promoted as helping the poor. If these laws are to help the poor, then why are companies pouring Millions into lobbying for these laws? Sounds more to me like a lot of these laws are instituted to allow certain sectors of Corporate America to make Billions off of our sympathy for the poor. 
    Example: “Give me a thousand dollars, each and everyone of you, and I will feed the poor. If you refuse to do so, then you must believe in starving people to death.”
    I then keep $600 of every $1000 and put $400 towards feeding the poor. When $400 out of every $1000 isn’t enough, to feed the poor, I then take $2000 from each and everyone of you and apply $700 towards feeding the poor. This example should explain why Corporate America is spending Billions in lobbying for Expanded Medicaid. 
    One thing is guaranteed, Expanded Medicaid will result in more poor people needing help.

    1. @Roger Score You are precisely right, Roger Score. This is the same with left-wing and Democrat politicians. Their schemes are always pitched to us as for the poor, the children, the disadvantaged. No matter whether we object on ethical grounds or consequentialist grounds, they always paint us as being against the poor, the children, the disadvantaged. It’s disgusting, really.

  3. NeilFeuer says:

    Obama Care and any and everything to do with it is simply Socialized medicine. It does zero good, zero. It costs more, whereas it is supposed to save taxpayers dollars, it is not wanted by 70% of Americans, it will force doctors out of business, we will have to deal with The I R S death panel rather than your own doctors. We have all seen what the I R S is incapable of lately.
    As one who got started in the beginning with going to theTP rallies in DC, which were against Obama Care and Obama’ Big Government, seeing them back today, stronger than ever, I have full confidence that if We The People go along with the 26 states who refuse this UnConstitutional Bill, and say no to my home state of Az, mainly the governor who has folded due to financial reasons, that this MONSTER of a bill, will never see the light of day!

    1. @NeilFeuer The authors of Obamacare never intended for it to succeed. It is intended to fail, spectacularly, and to bring the private insurance market and health delivery system to their knees. Then the people will beg for a solution, and government will ride in with full-blown single payer. That has been the plan all along.

  4. NeilFeuer says:

    I hate to agree with you, but that was and is the plan.
    But we must keep the IRS out and better still, defund the IRS and put it out to pasture along with Obama and Obama Care!

  5. Glenn Jacobs says:

    I have collected sheet after sheet of signatures on this petition.  The enthusiasm of the general public is overwhelming.

    ( I also met two — count ’em — TWO — self-proclaimed proud pro-Obama Liberal Democrats — who seemed to believe that ObamaCare would take care of the needs of the poor and the aged.)

    It seems clear to most people that the high cost of the required insurance would require them to move into the woods and eat lizards.

    1. NeilFeuer says:

      Great work and hopefully we will get the whole country to defund this disaster!

    2. Glenn Jacobs There are lizards in the woods?  :-)

    3. Glenn Jacobs This is fantastic!

Rally and Petition Drive to Stop the Medicaid Expansion in Arizona