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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Arkansas House fails on first vote to pass 'private option' Medicaid expansion under Obamacare

Posted by on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 2:40 PM

click to enlarge CALLING THE ROLL: Fiv e short on first try.
  • CALLING THE ROLL: Fiv e short on first try.
click to enlarge IN OPPOSITIION: Bruce Westerman read a lengthy speech opposing approval of the private option of Obamacare.
  • IN OPPOSITIION: Bruce Westerman read a lengthy speech opposing approval of the private option of Obamacare.

The Arkansas House of Representatives voted 70-27 with one present to approve an appropriation bill to continue for a second year the private option version of Medicaid expansion provided by the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

That was five votes short of the number needed. It will be brought up again.

The vote followed a number of speeches, most from opponents, repeating familiar points. No Democrat spoke. The Senate may vote on the measure before the House votes again. The deal Gov. Mike Beebe cut to buy Tea Party Republican Sen. Jane English's vote on that side has undoubtedly given some House members ideas about carving off some goodies for themselves. Speaker Davy Carter says, however, there'll be no further deals. Approve this bill or kill Human Services in Arkansas.

Here are those who voted no, or present or didn't vote, same as a no.

NO

Alexander Ballinger Barnett Carnine Clemmer Cozart Deffenbaugh Dotson C. Douglas Farrer Fite Gossage
Hammer Harris Hobbs Hopper Hutchison Jean Kerr D. Meeks S. Meeks Miller Payton Rice Slinkard Westerman Womack

NOT VOTING

Eubanks F. Smith

PRESENT

Lowery

The difference from passage in 2013: Private option lost 8 votes from passage roll call: Clemmer, Hutchison, Slinkard, Kerr, Carnine, Lowery,  Eubanks and Smith. Gained Bell.

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