Lawsuit targets Medicaid expansion in Arizona - New York News

Lawsuit targets Medicaid expansion in Arizona

Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX -

Opponents of a new law expanding Medicaid in Arizona are taking their fight to court.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of 36 Republican legislators and a pair of citizens was filed by lawyers for the Goldwater Institute on Thursday.

The suit targets GOP Gov. Jan Brewer's plan to expand the state's health care program for the poor to about 300,000 additional Arizonans.  The federal government picks up most of the cost. 

It contends a hospital assessment in the law is a tax that required a ? vote of the Legislature under the state Constitution.

"We think the Constitution absolutely guarantees a ? super majority vote and that didn't take place here," said Kurt Altman of the Goldwater Institute.  "We believe that it clearly is a violation of the Constitution."

The move comes a day after opponents came up short of the signatures needed to force a voter referendum on the law.

The law was passed in June over the objections of conservative Republicans.

Gov. Brewer would not comment on camera, but her office did send us a statement, saying in part:

"We're confident in our legal position and will save our arguments for court, if it comes to that. I will note that every challenge to Governor Brewer's Medicaid restoration plan has been unsuccessful."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Didn't find what
you were looking for?

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Hundreds celebrate Easter at St. Patricks Cathedral

    Hundreds celebrate Easter at St. Patricks Cathedral

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-04-20 02:37:51 GMT
    Hundreds of people showed up to Saturday's mass at St. Patricks Cathedral to celebrate Easter, one of the holiest days for Christians around the world.
    Hundreds of people showed up to Saturday's Mass at St. Patricks Cathedral to celebrate Easter, one of the holiest days for Christians around the world.
  • NYC police investigating body in plastic container

    NYC police investigating body in plastic container

    Police in New York City are questioning a suspect after discovering a dead body stuffed into a large, black plastic storage container.
    Police in New York City are questioning a suspect after discovering a dead body stuffed into a large, black plastic storage container.
  • Governor kicks off 114th annual New York International Auto Show

    Governor kicks off 114th annual New York International Auto Show

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:00:18 GMT
    Auto fans you may already know this the 114th New York International Automobile Show is in town this week. Governor Cuomo was on hand Saturday to kick off the official opening of the 10 day event by driving a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette convertible through the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
    Auto fans you may already know this the 114th New York International Automobile Show is in town this week. Governor Cuomo was on hand Saturday to kick off the official opening of the 10 day event by driving a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette convertible through the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices