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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Gov. Mike Beebe likens defunding private option to Obamacare insurance cancellations

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Gov. Mike Beebe made his final appearance as governor in front of the Political Animals club today. The AP's Andrew Demillo was on hand and reports that the governor likened overturning the private option Medicaid expansion to the plan cancellations late last year to comply with federal health care law. Obamacare critics were up in arms about the cancellations, but tens of thousands would lose coverage if the private option is defunded. Said Beebe:

The very people who argued not to go back on stuff would sound hypocritical if they did that very same thing to over 100,000 Arkansans.

This is more or less the point I made this morning. The same status quo bias that opponents of health care reform used in 2013 is going to work against them in 2014. If it's a tragedy if someone loses their particular plan, why isn't it a tragedy if someone loses health coverage altogether?

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