Former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who proudly campaigned for Donald Trump, broke with the GOP this week to warn against the Trump-Ryan healthcare bill.
Speaking with the Associated Press, Brewer voiced concern that the bill hurts “our most vulnerable, our elderly, our disabled, our childless adults, our chronically mentally ill, our drug addicted.”
“It will simply devastate their lives and the lives that surround them. Because they’re dealing with an issue which is very expensive to take care of as a family with no money.”
According to the Associated Press, Arizona would see over 380,000 people lose Medicaid and $2.5 billion in lower health spending as a result of the plan.
The state would then have to pay to keep those people insured, costing about $500 million per year by 2023.
Brewer supported the Medicaid expansion in the state as governor, adding 400,000 residents to Medicaid.
Brewer said she hopes President Trump will steer the Republican-led Congress in the right direction.
“I don’t believe that Donald Trump wants to damage these people. He promised when he campaigned that he would not do that to them. I hope he maintains that clear thought moving forward,” she said.
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