Bill Whittle, legislators weigh in on federal intervention

Pointing to the state capitol and legislature buildings, Whittle said, ‘The state sold these buildings to pay for programs you can’t afford.’

Bill Whittle, conservative blogger, political commentator, director, screenwriter and editor mostly noted for his “Afterburner” program on PJTV, made a pit stop at the Arizona State Capitol last Wednesday to speak following Gov. Jan Brewer’s rally to garner support for her Medicaid expansion plan as part of Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

Five busloads of people were brought to a rally at the Arizona State Capitol last Wednesday to show support for Gov. Jan Brewer’s push to expand Medicaid, part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

However, the rally was met with a large number of protestors as well, many of whom were carrying signs opposed to Medicaid eligibility expansion and “Stop OBrewercare.”

Brewer’s proposal would expand eligibility to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, which will add an estimated 300,000 or more to the 1.3 million already enrolled in Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, also known as AHCCCS, Arizona’s Medicaid program.

Following Brewer’s rally, Rep. Warren Peterson, R-Dist. 17, joined by Reps. David Livingston, R-Dist. 22; Kelly Townsend, R-Dist. 16; and Carl Seel, R-Dist. 20; held a press conference of his own with Bill Whittle as the guest speaker.

Whittle, a conservative blogger, political commentator, director, screenwriter and editor, is best known for his “Afterburner” program on PJTV.

Telling the audience state bills were none of his business and the last thing Arizonans need is someone coming here from California telling them what to do in Arizona, Whittle said there was not a problem for which the federal government was a solution.


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