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Jan Brewer Medicaid Push Still Facing Opposition From Republican Lawmakers In Arizona

05/08/2013 09:54 am ET | Updated May 08, 2013

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) is still facing opposition from Republican lawmakers over Medicaid expansion.

Brewer has been working with individual lawmakers in an attempt to sway Republicans opposed to Medicaid expansion, the East Valley Tribune reports. Despite her efforts, some are still staunchly opposed, including Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs (R-Gilbert), who said he would do "everything in my power'' to prevent Medicaid expansion from even making it to the senate floor for a vote.

Brewer brushed off threats from Biggs and other Republicans on Monday, saying she was ignoring the "drama."

"I'm not going to go there with that drama that people are proposing, or rumor-mongering if you will,'' Brewer said. "I think we can get through this, and we'll do it the right way.''

Brewer -- a big opponent of President Barack Obama's health care reform -- announced in January that Arizona would participate in the expansion of Medicaid. She was only the third GOP govenor to agree to one of the key components of Obamacare.

Her announcement was met with backlash from Republicans, including Maricopa County GOP Chairman A.J. LaFaro, who compared Brewer to Judas.

"Jesus had Judas. Republicans have Governor Brewer," LaFaro said in March.

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