Thursday, February 5, 2015

Arkansas Republicans lead the way on Obamacare

Posted By on Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 7:20 AM

News from Tennessee underscores the significance of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's apparent success in continuing the private option version of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion for two years, pending a House vote on the structure and money.

Yesterday, despite some growing appetite nationally for the money and human benefits such plans may bring a state, the Tennessee legislature turned down Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to follow in Arkansas's footsteps.

Haslam's plan was defeated in a Senate committee on the third day of a session called solely to approve this legislation and Politico's reporting indicates it;s probably dead.

Hats off to Gov. Hutchinson and the heavily majority Republican legislature — particularly House Speaker Jeremy Gilliam and Senate President Jonathan Dismang — for giving Obamacare a huge victory in Arkansas. They put the people — a quarter million of them direct beneficiaries — ahead of the political principles  that got many of them elected.




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