The undersigned members of the Arizona Legislature oppose Proposition 480 for three basic reasons: cost, growth of government and uncertainty due to the many changes in the health-care delivery system.
Proposition 480 asks Maricopa County residents to approve a $935 million bond proposal ($1.6 billion with interest included) for Maricopa Integrated Health System (the County Hospital), the third largest bond/tax proposal in Arizona’s history. Property owners have been devastated by the Great Recession and have seen effective tax rates climb by as much as 30% from 2009-2014. We are taxed enough already.
It is unclear exactly what MIHS would do with such a large infusion of taxpayer money. MIHS currently provides only 5% of the Maricopa County healthcare marketplace. The CEO’s of the four largest hospital systems in the Valley have questioned the need for the bond, stating their belief that there is currently adequate capacity for hospital services.
With the passage of Medicaid expansion in 2013 in Arizona and the implementation of Obamacare across the country, massive changes are occurring in the health-care industry. And the costs are enormous. We believe government should not make any more changes until the recent changes have had a chance to be evaluated.
For these and other reasons, we urge Maricopa County voters to vote NO on Proposition 480. Remember early voting has already begun and Election Day is November 4th.
- Sen. Andy Biggs-Senate President
- Sen. Adam Driggs-Senate Majority Whip
- Sen. Nancy Barto
- Sen. Judy Burges
- Sen. Kelli Ward
- Sen. Steve Yarbrough
- Sen. Steve Pierce
- Sen. Gail Griffin
- Sen. David Farnsworth
- Sen. Don Shooter
- Sen. Bob Worsley
- Rep. John Kavanagh (candidate for state Senate)
- Rep. Steve Smith (candidate for state Senate)
- Rep. Debbie Lesko (candidate for state Senate)
- Rep. Rick Gray
- Rep. Justin Pierce
- Rep. Paul Boyer
- Rep. J.D. Mesnard
- Rep. Eddie Farnsworth
- Rep. Warren Petersen
- Rep. Karen Fann
- Rep. Steve Montenegro
- Rep. Darin Mitchell
- Rep. Phil Lovas
- Rep. Sonny Borrelli
- Rep. David Livingston
We urge Maricopa County Voters to vote NO on Prop 480.