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Arizona Statewide Healthcare Initiative (2008)

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The Arizona Statewide Health Care Initiative was an initiative that failed to qualify for the November 4, 2008 ballot. It would have provided statewide health care in Arizona for children and adults who could not otherwise obtain insurance because of pre-existing conditions. The insurance benefit would have been funded by an increase in alcohol or sales taxes.

The Healthy Arizona Coalition was forced to abandon the initiative after the group could not gather enough funding to support the ballot measure. The group blamed Arizona's slow economy. The group would have also had to raise millions in funds in order to fight the alcohol industry which would, it was believed, oppose the tax increase.[1] When announcing their plan to abandon a 2008 effort, Healthy Arizona said they'd try instead for the 2010 ballot.[2]

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