The federal health care debate is ongoing, so while they were in their Southern Arizona congressional districts this week, we asked Tucson-area representatives what they think of the proposed policy changes.
The House and Senate versions of health care reform bills both call for a significant decrease in Medicaid spending. U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., said that fact needs context.
"Keep in mind that this is still an increase in Medicaid spending. It's a decrease in the rate of increase of spending," she said.
Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., said there's a way to reduce federal spending on health care without eliminating coverage for those who need it.
"The reductions can occur. We can buy prescriptions as the VA does as a whole, for everybody covered by Medicaid and Medicare. That would lower [the cost of] prescription drugs," he said.
On this episode of Metro Week both representatives share thoughts on health care, NAFTA renegotiations and their safety in light of a shooting that targeted members of Congress. McSally also discusses defense spending, and Grijalva discusses environmental protection.