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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Private option (Obamacare, if you prefer) made easy

Posted By on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 6:22 AM

click to enlarge A TWITTER:  Careful what you tweet Sen. Irvin. Facts matter.
  • A TWITTER: Careful what you tweet Sen. Irvin. Facts matter.
Opponents of the expansion of Medicaid through a "private option" version of Obamacare took another crack at tearing down the idea in a legislative committee yesterday. And another report here from Benji Hardy at Legislative Digest.

The Times' David Ramsey has already observed on the Alice in Wonderland nature of the proceedings. But it begs a reprise.

The key thrust against the Arkansas plan yesterday from a variety of representatives of conservative and corporate-financed special interest groups was that the deal Arkansas struck with the federal government on a waiver from Medicaid rules might be hard to get out of.

All this while arguing to GET OUT OF the deal.

Makes perfect sense. "You can't get out of this deal I'm desperate for you to get out of."

I'm past tired of straw men diversions. The Tea Party is right about one central thing. Obamacare expands health insurance coverage for Americans.  This comes at a cost. To me, the benefits outweigh the cost. To them, they don't.

Call the roll. Sorry, majority doesn't rule in Arkansas. 25 percent of the legislature does. Is this a great state or what?

If facts matter (did they ever, really, in this debate?) Sen. Jonathan Dismang thoughtfully provided a copy of the Bureau of Legislative Research report that indicates the private option plan is, to date, running as designed.



PS — Born-again private option opponent Sen. Missy Irvin (she faces a Tea Party anti-health care opponent in the primary) retweeted a message from a young doctor on Twitter last night who complained: "If only we spent our healthcare dollars on actual patient care instead of bailouts, bureaucracy, bogus websites, and lame ads."

My question: Does the young doctor Mrs. Dr. Sen. Irvin quotes take Medicaid patients? Medicare patients? Prescribe prescriptions for people who get such benefits for their drugs? Might she have received a government-backed student loan or worked in a medical school or residency program supported by federal dollars?

None dare call it a federal expenditure on actual patient care, I guess, when it's funneled into the pocket of a prosperous physician.

The vast majority of Affordable Care Act dollars will find their way into the pockets of working people — doctors, nurses, pharmacists, orderlies and all the rest. You'd think somebody with a medical degree had a sufficient IQ to understand that.

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