Ariz. gov distances herself from ‘Obamacare’

June 14, 2013 • Business

In this photo provided by by Ariz. Rep. Jeff Dial, Gov. Jan Brewer signs a proclamation calling the Legislature into special session, Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Phoenix. Brewer acted after weeks of House delays in considering the state budget and her Medicaid expansion proposal. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Jeff Dial)

[auth] PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Jan Brewer is working to spin her hard-fought victory over legislative conservatives who opposed her Medicaid expansion plan, saying it isn’t “Obamacare.”

After pushing the Medicaid expansion through the Legislature, the Republican says growing the state’s health care program for the poor isn’t the same as embracing President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

She calls it a “tiny portion” of the federal law.

But expanding Medicaid coverage is a key part of the Affordable Care Act. Medicaid will cover nearly half of the 30 million uninsured Americans expected to gain coverage. Arizona will add more than 300,000 people to the 1.3 million in its health care program.

One critic says Brewer is “feathering her nest” for when she leaves office. It’s not yet clear what she plans to do when she finishes her second term at the end of 2014.

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