Perhaps Governor Brewer pay our governor a visit, like Paul did for the Corinthians.

From the Phoenix Business Journal:

In her “State of the State” address today, Gov. Jan Brewer said she has agreed to expand Arizona’s Medicaid program, which will inject $2 billion into the state’s economy.

“With this move, we will secure a federal revenue stream to cover the costs of the uninsured who already show up in our doctor’s offices and emergency rooms,” she said. “Under the current system, these costs are passed along to Arizona families. Health care premiums are raised year after year to account for expenses incurred by our hospitals as they provide care to the uninsured.”

Of course, the governor’s conversion may not be all the result of divine intervention. From a report commissioned by the business community:

Arizona will get about $5 for every $1 the state puts forward if the state expands Medicaid in compliance with the Affordable Care Act. An update that the Institute will be releasing soon notes that when adjustments are made for childless adults losing coverage under the current freeze, and the resulting doughnut hole in coverage, that ratio rises to $9 federal dollars for every $1 in state investment — even when enhanced federal subsidies diminish.

Dave Wells, research director of Grand Canyon Institute and author of that study, said Brewer’s Medicaid expansion would add 21,000 jobs. That’s 6,000 more than would have been created if the state matched to 100 percent of the Federal Poverty level.

“The 21,000 jobs would reduce the state’s unemployment rate by 0.7 percent, and increase economic growth in the state during the first year of full implementation by nearly 1 percent,” Wells said.

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