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Goldwater Institute Analyzes Medicaid Expansion In Arizona

Medicaid expansion in Arizona was full of political tension.

Then Gov. Jan Brewer was in favor, but it took an across-the-aisle move by a few legislative Republicans moving to roll the Senate president to make the expansion a reality. Since then, there have been lawsuits and numerous attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

And now after an analysis, the Goldwater Institute has issued a report called " The Arizona Medicaid Expansion Experience: Beware the Peddlers of Cost-Shifting Claims."

Naomi Lopez Bauman, Goldwater’s director of healthcare policy, joined The Show to talk about it.

For a different perspective on Medicaid expansion — or what he refers to as Medicaid restoration — The Show also spoke with Greg Vigdor, president and CEO of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. 

Steve Goldstein was a host at KJZZ from 1997 to 2022.