Anti-Obamacare lost causers bring in the Cannon | Arkansas Blog

Friday, March 15, 2013

Anti-Obamacare lost causers bring in the Cannon

Posted By on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Michael Cannon image
  • Michael Cannon

The D-G's Charlie Frago tweets that the Cato Institute's Michael Cannon will testify before the Senate Insurance and Commerce committee on March 19. Remember him? We told you keep that name in mind several months ago — local Republicans have a keen interest in the libertarian policy wonk who believes that there is still a possibility of a lawsuit (yes, another one) to derail the Affordable Care Act. Check out our Reporter on Cannon's crusade and what it means for Arkansas lawmakers.

To preview a little bit, Cannon is likely to advise Arkansas lawmakers not to do their own state-run exchange. Without getting too into the weeds of his legal argument, he believes that both the subsidies and the employer mandate would be illegal under a federal exchange and thus lead to the collapse of the whole thing. So if you want to keep fighting Obamacare, let the feds control the exchange. Unclear what he thinks about the new "private option." My guess is that he thinks it's still bad policy but doesn't have a legal argument against it (even though it looks awfully fishy!).

Cannon is an extremely sharp guy who spends every waking moment thinking of possible ways to destroy Obamacare. Not a diss — I think he’d welcome that description. He once compared accepting the ACA as law to French surrender and collaboration with the Nazis.

The strangest part of the modern conservative movement is the cultural disconnect between nerdy libertarians and the biggest audience for their ideas. So Tuesday should be fun!

Tags: , , ,

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (19)

Showing 1-19 of 19

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-19 of 19

Add a comment

More by David Ramsey

Readers also liked…

  • LR speakers blast state board for double standard

    A series of speakers, beginning with Sen. Joyce Elliott, denounced what they saw as a hidden agenda favoring charter schools at the state Department of Education and asked the state Board of Education for return of local control.
    • May 12, 2016
  • Civil War over in Fort Smith; lawyer strikes his Rebel mascot battle tent

    KSFM reports that Joey McCutchen, the lawyer who's been trying to restart the Civil War in Fort Smith over the School Board's decision to drop the Rebel mascot and related trappingsfor Southside High School, is dropping his School Board takeover campaign.
    • May 27, 2016
  • 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

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation