The Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report that nearly 2 million veterans and their spouses lack health insurance, and 35 percent are eligible for health care under Obama's Affordable Care Act.
Gov. Jan Brewer issued a statement Tuesday in regards to her Medicaid Restoration Plan:
"Despite public misconceptions, large numbers of American veterans lack access to basic health care, and their spouses generally do not qualify for care through the VA. According to a nonpartisan report released today, the number of uninsured veterans and their spouses in this country totals nearly 2 million – including more than 43,000 in the State of Arizona alone.
"It is unacceptable to me that so many of our veterans who honorably served this nation would be without access to basic health care. Fortunately, there is a solution. As today's report makes clear, one-third of Arizona's uninsured veterans and spouses would be eligible for health coverage through my Medicaid Restoration Plan. The remaining uninsured have incomes too high to qualify.
"With my plan, we have an opportunity to provide basic, cost-effective care to the men and women who have sacrificed for this nation. This is our chance to throw them a lifeline – let's not waste it."
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