Foes of Medicaid expansion in Arizona are already threatening to put the issue to a referendum vote. Some Republicans are denouncing the members of their party who supported it.
Among the chief supporters of the expansion is Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed the expansion into law on Monday.
The expansion will add approximately 300,000 Arizonans to the Medicaid rolls. Medicaid is for extremely low income people who couldn't otherwise afford health insurance.
Fabien Levy, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, praised Arizona for passing the expansion, and says the federal government will cover 100 percent of the cost for the first three years, and never less than 90 percent of the costs in the years thereafter.
U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, a Democrat from Tucson a longtime advocate for better access to healthcare, complimented the Arizona Legislature for realizing, "that illness and injury don't care about politics.The simple facts have prevailed, and our state will be much better for it."
Improving access to quality health care is an issue that should unite people in this country, not divide them, he added.