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Arizona lawmakers weigh in on Supreme Court healthcare decision

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Arizona lawmakers weigh in on Supreme Court healthcare decision

CREATED Jun 28, 2012

Reporter: Craig Smith

WASHINGTON, DC (KGUN9-TV) - If Republicans engineer a repeal of the health care law what would replace it?

Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva knew if the law stood up in court, Republicans would work right away to repeal it.

"Then you have to tell us what you're gonna replace it with and how are they going to insure pre-existing conditions. How are they going to be sure parents can keep their kids up to 26 on their family coverage?  How are you going to make sure lifetime limits are not placed on people?"
      
Senator John McCain hopes to repeal but thinks the Democratic Majority in the Senate will prevent that.

KGUN9 reporter Craig Smith asked him: "What's a better way to deal with health care concerns?

Sen. McCain: "Repeal and replace this with provisions such as going across state lines to get insurance policies that you want, medical malpractice reform, a variety of incentives for wellness and fitness and many other proposals rather than a big government solution that increases costs rather than decreases costs."

New Democratic Congressman Ron Barber concedes the law needs more work to protect small businesses, prevent premium hikes, focus on preventive care, lower prescription costs and avoid Medicare cuts.
     
Fellow Democrat Matt Heinz is a State Rep, running against Barber. He's also a doctor, worried the ruling also tells states they do not have to expand the number of poor families covered by Medicaid.

"Governor Brewer and our legislature cut about 500 million dollars out of our AHCCS population, our Medicaid program, those lowest income individuals in our state now are going to be out in the cold."

Heinz worries keeping the Medicaid cuts will boost costs in the long run because people will skip preventive care, wait until they're really sick and end up in the hospital.