Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Arizona Governor Brewer Becomes a Heroine

I gave lots of thought to this blog's title because, well, quite frankly, I've not been a fan of Jan Brewer. I didn't like the company she kept. I didn't like her stand on immigration. And I wasn't sure whether to be amused or embarrassed when she wagged her finger at our president.

One thing she always showed is guts. I mean, who else has ever done that? (big shrug.)

Once again she flashed her cajones (a very revered Latino word) by going up against her own party to push the Medicaid healthcare bill through a very rude and ruthless congress. Fourteen senators joined her and the Democrats in voting this bill through. For good measure they also passed two other not so popular measures that gave more funding to Child Protective Services and education, money desperately needed.

I try to avoid politics because it's so messy and divisive . . . and stalled. There's got to be a better way.

The trouble is that politics creates public policy which affects the lives of every one of us—in this case, sick people. Generally very sick people who have lost their insurance only to find that private coverage is unaffordable.

But today Jan Brewer signed the Medicaid bill and guaranteed healthcare for 350,000 Arizonans and I became a fan of her. For a few weeks I actually became political again.

Or maybe not. From where I sit, Jan Brewer graduated from being a politician. She's now a stateswoman, who rose above personal and political party biases to do what was right for the people of Arizona. The job she was elected to do. We need more like her.

What do you think? I'm almost afraid to ask because . . . well, whether I like it or not, this is politics.

Till later,

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