Arizona State Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma, speaks with Sen. Rick Murphy, R-Glendale, Thursday, May 16, 2013, at the Capitol in Phoenix. An historic vote on whether to embrace a signature part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is expected during the session. Republican Gov. Jan Brewer shocked many when she announced in January she wanted to expand Medicaid to 300,000 additional poor Arizonans after she opposed Obama’s health care overhaul for years. (AP Photo/Matt York)
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona Senate battle over expanding Medicaid revealed a fractured Republican majority that is likely to be exposed next in the House of Representatives as it takes up Gov. Jan Brewer’s top priority.
Thursday’s daylong Senate fight between conservative Republican senators and five GOP moderates who joined Democrats to vote to adopt a signature part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul left behind an angry group of opponents who felt betrayed.
The $8.8 billion state spending plan that includes Medicaid expansion now moves to the House, where Republican Speaker Andy Login to read more