Arizona

This article is part of the State Status and News series related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

On 30-Mar-2010, the Arizona legislature gave1) Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, a Republican Party member, the right to sue the federal government despite objections by Attorney General Terry Goddard, a Democratic Party Member. According to one report2), the Arizona Governor intends to join “more than a dozen other states that already have challenged the right of the federal government to require individuals to obtain health insurance or face a fine” and to “attack provisions in the federal law that forbid Arizona from cutting back its own health plan if it wants to get future dollars from Washington.” The initial report was soon confirmed3) with other reports4) adding that ”[Arizona House Speaker Kirk] Adams has said Arizona could offer a unique perspective to the lawsuit because of the state's need to reverse Medicaid cuts.”

1) Fischer, Howard. “Gov gets go-ahead to sue federal government”. East Valley Tribune. March 30, 2010, 2:05 PM. Available online as of 2010-04-04.
2) Fischer, Howard. “Legislators OK Health Care Lawsuit”. Yuma Sun, March 31, 2010 10:21 PM. Available online as of 2010-04-04.
3) Associated Press. “Lawmakers Approve Allowing Health Care Suit”. Tri-State Online. April 1, 2010 1:10 AM MDT. Available online as of 2010-04-04.
4) Cooper, Jonathan J. “Ariz. Lawmakers Approve Allowing Health Care Suit”. Businessweek. April 1, 2010 9:58 AM ET. Available online as of 2010-04-04.