Friday, July 25, 2014

Stacy Hurst tacks against GOP messaging with support for private option

Posted By on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 6:43 AM

click to enlarge screen_shot_2014-07-25_at_6.49.01_am.png
My column this week questions whether there's room for a moderate in the Arkansas Republican Party.

At least one Republican is charting that course. City Director Stacy Hurst, who's running as a Republican in a historically Democratic district in the Heights and western Little Rock against Democrat Clarke Tucker, issued a marker last night with an e-mail endorsing the private option version of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.

People before politics. It's that simple. That's why I support the bi-partisan "Private Option" plan enacted by Democratic Governor Mike Beebe and the Republican Legislature.

We must continue to work to lower premiums and contain long-term costs. We also must work to incentivize preventive care and promote greater individual responsibility. Most importantly, we must continue to preserve accessibility to health insurance for those who need it most.

The Private Option is a great example of how we can work across party lines to put people ahead of political gamesmanship. I can remember a time when Republican Governor Mike Huckabee worked with then Democratic State Senator Mike Beebe to pass ARKIDS First - a groundbreaking program for children in our state. I believe we can still work together to do great things in the area of healthcare.

Ensuring quality, affordable healthcare and putting people before politics. That's my focus now.

Smart message. It is also a safe and relatively easy one to make in this particular legislative district, stuffed with people who make a living from the medical/insurance industrial complex. Not to mention Democrats. And no Tea Party Republican or Libertarian is on the scene to siphon anti-Obama votes. Nonetheless, the message departs from the script being followed by most Republican candidates this year. Now if she would just  go all the way and give the private option its proper name — Obamacare.

Tags: , , , , ,


Speaking of...

Comments (45)

Showing 1-45 of 45

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-45 of 45

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Thursday's open line and the daily video

    Here's the open line and the daily video.
    • Oct 27, 2016
  • UPDATE: Ted Suhl gets seven years, $200,000 fine for bribery

    Ted Suhl was sentenced this morning by federal Judge Billy Roy Wilson on four counts of attempting to bribe a state official to help his mental health business supported by Medicaid money. He received 84 months and a $200,000 fine and is to report to prison in early January. He will appeal.
    • Oct 27, 2016
  • Question raised on Dallas Cowboy gift to NLR cops

    Blogger Russ Racop raises an interesting question, as he sometimes does, about Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' gift of free tickets for North Little Rock cops to attend a Dallas Cowboy football game.
    • Oct 27, 2016
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Beyond rehoming: crowdfunding an investigative project

    The Times has just launched a crowdfunding campaign to support a large-scale investigative project into Arkansas's child welfare system. We're raising money through, a platform that supports do-good projects. Donations are tax deductible.
    • Mar 13, 2015
  • Opposition organizes to school outsourcing bill

    Little Rock residents aren't happy about news of plan to to turnover the school district, its facilities and its tax base to private management companies for charter schools.
    • Mar 8, 2015
  • The long and winding road: No exception yet for 30 Crossing

    The Arkansas highway department's representative on the Metroplan board of directors told the board today that the department is requesting an exception to the planning agency's cap on six lanes for its 30 Crossing project to widen Interstate 30 from six to 10 (and more) lanes.
    • Jun 29, 2016

Most Shared

  • Issue 3: blank check

    Who could object to a constitutional amendment "concerning job creation, job expansion and economic development," which is the condensed title for Issue 3 for Arkansas voters on Nov. 8?
  • Little Rock police kill man downtown

    Little Rock police responding to a disturbance call near Eighth and Sherman Streets about 12:40 a.m. killed a man with a long gun, Police Chief Kenton Buckner said in an early morning meeting with reporters.
  • From the mind of Sol LeWitt: Crystal Bridges 'Loopy Doopy': A correction

    Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is installing Sol Lewitt's 70-foot eye-crosser "Wall Drawing 880: Loopy Doopy," waves of complementary orange and green, on the outside of the Twentieth Century Gallery bridge. You can glimpse painters working on it from Eleven, the museum's restaurant, museum spokeswoman Beth Bobbitt said
  • Ted Suhl loses another bid for new trial; faces stiff sentencing recommendation

    Ted Suhl, the former operator of residential and out-patient mental health services, has lost a second bid to get a new trial on his conviction for paying bribes to influence state Human Services Department policies. Set for sentencing Thursday, Suhl faces a government request for a sentence up to almost 20 years. He argues for no more than 33 months.
  • Football and foster kids

    It took a football stadium to lay bare Republican budget hypocrisy in Arkansas.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation