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.
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
Eubanks F. Smith
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.