I haven’t seen that poll. But the thing about Obamacare is, it no doubt helped some people. But think about all the people it hurt and the ways it hurt them. It caused people to have insurance cancelled. It drove up the cost of their health insurance premiums or it cost them access to their doctor or imposed new taxes it caused them to lose their job or have their hours cut…we should repeal Obamacare and start over." So, yeah, the law might have helped somebody, somewhere, but it’s destroyed many more people. Yet the data make it hard to argue that the problem of cancellations, at least, outweighs the benefit of new enrollees. After all, the Gallup poll found that the rate of uninsured in Arkansas dropped from 22.5 percent in 2013 to 12.4 now.
What’s more, today we learned that thanks to the Arkansas version of the Medicaid expansion, nearly 200,000 people gained health coverage, which is no doubt partly responsible for the steep drop in the uninsured rate. So it’s worth reiterating once again that while Cotton continues to call for repeal of Obamacare, he won’t take a position on the direct question of whether the state’s Medicaid expansion should be going forward.
In a statement, Pryor spokesman Erik Dorey responded to Cotton — and the Gallup survey and new Medicaid news — this way:
“While he’s always said the law isn’t perfect, the fact is nearly 200,000 Arkansans now know the comfort and security of quality health care, thanks to a policy Senator Pryor supported and was successfully implemented in Arkansas. Congressman Cotton’s irresponsible rhetoric now has to come to grips with the reality that what he’s proposing would take away economic security from one in 10 Arkansans.”
Damn shame that MONEY isn't the only stuff being "spread".
I, for one, welcome our new robotic, Teutono-Sino overlords.