"We all know that ObamaCare is fundamentally flawed and not actuarially sustainable from an insurance standpoint," said Riggs. "When it's ultimately repealed and replaced with a market choice system, we'll still be left with Medicaid expansion. Furthermore, it's disingenuous of supporters of ObamaCare to intimate that the federal funds for Medicaid expansion are in a sense 'free'--when Arizonans will have to bear a share of the national debt to cover Medicaid expansion."
DuVal: I do. And for me, this is deja vu all over again. This is a repeat of the debate I was a principle player in when we first created AHCCCS (Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, or the state's version of Medicaid). In that case, it was a Democratic governor, but the point is, there were pockets of resistance among the conservative ideologues who resisted what was, to most centrist, thoughtful people, a compelling economic development case, to say nothing of a compelling moral case. And I think that in the end, the overwhelming economic case and moral case for moving forward on this will carry the day for the governor.
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