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Governor Brewer rejects Obamacare exchange (updated)

Posted: November 28, 2012 at 4:34 pm   /   by

We have written a fair amount of late on the subject of state “Obamacare” exchanges and why states should not set them up (herehereherehere, and elsewhere). We are pleased to report that Governor Brewer has opted to reject the idea of Arizona setting up its own exchange.


Official announcement here, in PDF form.


Statement by Senate President-elect Andy Biggs on Governor Brewer’s decision to not pursue a state-created Health Exchange:

“I support the decision today by Governor Brewer that Arizona will not operate its own Health Insurance Exchange. I appreciate her thoughtful deliberation and the research of the Governor and her advisers on the concept of an exchange run by the state.

I concur with her opinion on the drawbacks of a state-created but federally-controlled exchange. Any exchange run by Arizona would still include an inappropriate imposition by the federal government on our state.

While the Affordable Care Act is the mandate of the federal government, I remain unalterably opposed to the Act.”


News story from KPHO:

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has decided against creating a state-run health insurance exchange required to implement a key part of President Barack Obama’s federal healthcare law.

Brewer’s decision announced Wednesday means that it will be left to the federal government to set up an exchange for the state.

The exchange will provide consumers with an online marketplace to buy subsidized health coverage.

Brewer said there are too many costs and too many questions associated with a state-run exchange.

Her announcement comes ahead of a Dec. 14 deadline for states to declare whether they’d run their own exchanges.

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Phoenix—Governor Brewer’s announcement Wednesday afternoon that the state would not move forward with implementation of a state-funded health insurance exchange signals that Arizonans will be protected from some of the worst aspects of the federal health care law.

The Goldwater Institute commends Governor Brewer and state legislative leadership for their steadfast commitment to protecting Arizonans’ freedom to make their own health care decisions.

A state-funded exchange would have imposed significant burdens on Arizona taxpayers and small businesses. Under a state-funded exchange, which would have cost the state an estimated $60 million or more every year, small businesses would face fines of up to $2,000 per employee if they failed to provide health insurance coverage, and the state would be required to share Arizonans’ private medical information with the federal government.

Additionally, under a state-funded exchange, Arizona taxpayers would have been forced to funnel millions of dollars each year to subsidize insurance companies participating in the exchange.

“Governor Brewer and our state legislators have demonstrated great leadership in protecting Arizona’s citizens and businesses against the heavy hand of the federal government,” said Clint Bolick, Goldwater Institute Vice President for Litigation. “Arizona was the first state to enact the Health Care Freedom Act, and today’s decision strengthens the principle that individuals, families, and businesses should have the freedom to make their own lawful medical decisions.”



Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
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Governor Brewer rejects Obamacare exchange (updated)