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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The cost to Arkansas

Posted By on Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Let me belabor Gov. Mike Beebe's objections to the recently passed health legislation a little bit. I get assistance from U.S. Rep. John Boozman, who's circulating a right-wing compendium of all that's wrong with the bill. It happens to serve my purpose.

On the question of new costs for states, the article says:

The health care reform bill expands Medicaid to all non-elderly individuals up to 133 percent of the poverty line. The federal government would foot the bill for this expansion, but only until 2016. Beginning in 2017, states would gradually begin paying a portion of it. By 2020, states would cover 10 percent of the cost of Medicaid expansion.

So, the bill costs Arkansas NOTHING for six years. Three years later (10 YEARS FROM NOW), Arkansas would bear10 percent of the cost of covering more working poor. This is a reason to oppose legislation that expands coverage for a half-million Arkansans and gives guaranteed insurance coverage for the first time to all, no matter how sick? Have you ever known anybody locked into a job or unable to take a better job because of health insurance? That day is over.

It's disappointing, given the long-delayed and relatively small cost to the state and the immediate benefit to its people that the governor would have voted NO. From Boozman, you expect no better.

Here's a link to a district-by-district breakdown of the tangible benefits. Boozman, presumably, will instruct that his not be delivered.

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