Hello Friends, family and supporters,
I'm shocked, stunned, and disappointed...and you should be, too.
I'm terribly disappointed to have to tell you that my character is being attacked by outside forces trying to impede my good work on behalf of my constituents. Radical extremists are sending nasty, hateful robo-call messages into my district criticizing my support for Governor Brewer's Medicaid Restoration Plan and questioning my Republican credentials.
Do not believe their lies, distortions, and half-truths.
Nobody in Arizona has done more to find conservative solutions to our healthcare needs than Governor Brewer - and I have always supported her in equal measure. Whether pushing Congress, leading our State’s legal challenge all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, or saying ‘no’ to an Arizona–based health exchange, the Governor and I have consistently fought for health reforms with more patient choice, fewer costs and less bureaucracy.
But the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. Now, our State’s elected leaders have a duty to do what’s best for Arizona.
That’s why Governor Brewer and REPUBLICAN LEADERS crafted a conservative plan that…upholds the will of Arizonans who’ve twice voted to expand Medicaid…pumps billions of dollars into our economy…protects hospitals…and keeps Arizona tax dollars in Arizona.
Simply put, the Medicaid Restoration Plan is the right plan for Arizona.
- No State Expense: The Medicaid Restoration Plan comes at NO COST to the General Fund. Best of all, by taking Medicaid pressure off the General Fund, we can protect critical services like Education and Public Safety.
- Upholds the Will of Voters: Arizonans have TWICE voted to restore Medicaid. By adding about 57,000 individuals to a Medicaid membership of more than 1 million, we can leverage federal support and vastly diminish State expenses.
- Keeps Arizona Tax Dollars in Arizona: Restoration of Arizona’s Medicaid program will inject nearly $8 billion into our economy over the first four years alone. This means thousands of quality jobs in every part of our state. To reject this funding – while neighboring states like California, Nevada, Colorado, and New Mexico have already said ‘yes’ – would only place Arizona at an economic disadvantage for years to come.
- Protects Rural & Safety-Net Hospitals: Let’s face it – uninsured Arizonans get sick just like the rest of us. When they do, they tend to show up in Emergency Rooms – with the exorbitant costs of their care borne by hospitals and the insured. Without action, the very survival of some of our hospitals is threatened, and Arizona families will continue to pay a Hidden Health Care Tax estimated at nearly $2,000 per year.
So please, when you hear mischaracterizations, attacks, and down-right lies, know that shadowy, radical, extreme measures are behind them.
I don't expect these attacks to stop – in fact, they are likely to only grow more intense. You see, that's simply the cost of effective, rational, conservative leadership in our state today. Those, like me, who stick their necks out for positive reforms, measured growth, and gains are too often rewarded with harsh criticisms and merciless attack ads. WE CANNOT LET THIS PERSIST IN OUR LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT OR OUR STATE.
It time for leaders, like me, to stand up and fight back against these causes that are so detrimental to our future. But I CANNOT DO IT ALONE. I need your help. Please, take just a few minutes, visit my website, and make a small contribution to keep our fight going. It's only when we band together that we can be successful. Don't let these evil forces choke our good work. We're making real progress in our state, but there is much more to bedone. We need to adequately fund education while maintaining accountability and standards, we need to encourage our businesses to grow, expand, and prosper, and we need to ensure that our transportation infrastructure is sound and workable. These are just a few of the things that we need to continue to work on, but there are many more.
If, like me, you believe that Arizona's best days are still ahead of us, I ask for your support. In addition to any financial help you may be able to offer, it is equally important that I ask you to call upon your friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family and spread the message of Arizona's progress and the good work we're doing to secure a bright future. Together, we can make a difference.