Why not opt out of Medicaid? | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Why not opt out of Medicaid?

Posted By on Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 10:38 AM

That's the question on every Republican/Koch-paid lip in Arkansas — why not opt out of the Medicaid expansion?

Easy answer: It will screw tens of thousands of working poor Arkansas people. Gov. Mike Beebe says he'll consult the legislature, but can't immediately see foregoing a federally paid program (all federal for three years, never more than 10 percent state match) that covers 250,000 Arkansans.

Ezra Klein illustrates with a simple chart based on Arkansas.

LEFT OUT: All those in the orange zone above.
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  • LEFT OUT: All those in the orange zone above.

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