Friday, February 28, 2014

Rep. Josh Miller gets national exposure on MSNBC as Medicaid expansion opponent

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 7:22 AM


Republican Rep. Josh Miller of Heber Springs was interviewed by MSNBC's Chris Hayes last night. He defended his opposition to Medicaid expansion in the face of his own significant benefit from the program. He said the government can't afford to cover more people. He also again made the inaccurate claim that he and other opponents don't want to take coverage away from people already signed up. 

Hayes was drawn to Miller's story by my reporting on his personal history, which Miller talked about freely — both to me and Hayes. Miller has received probably millions in federal government assistance — including ongoing insurance coverage and personal assistance — on account of a wreck 11 years ago that left him a quadriplegic. He views his situation as being different from that of working poor who'd be denied coverage by his action. He also thinks the government can't afford expansion of medical services beyond what it already provides.

On MSNBC, Miller repeated his assertion to me that opponents don't want to take away coverage from the 127,000 who've already been signed up. There's no kind way to put this. It is inaccurate, and Miller knows it is inaccurate. To knowingly say something inaccurate is, well, a lie. David Ramsey has explained repeatedly, such as here, why it's not true. Opponents want to kill Obamacare next year. It's a poor fig lead that they'd let those currently signed up stay covered for a few months. The honest ones, such as Rep. Nate Bell, at least admit this.

Miller "humbly" thanked the American people and the people of Arkansas for helping him out with his medical bills, but said the state just couldn't afford to pay more, not even the 5 percent of the bill that won't kick in until 2017.

PS — The Democratic Party has highlighted Miller's misdirection against a statement by an ally in the fight against Medicaid expansion:

Rep. Josh Miller: “I would like to clarify that nobody in our group is wanting to take 100,000 people off of this coverage that currently exists. We simply want to slow down the enrollment process and move at a more responsible way, moving forward so that we have an opportunity to come back in the next legislative session next year and better mold this program for several reasons.” [ MSNBC, 2/27/2014]


"Cozart said he would like to see some caps on spending and enrollment as well as a way to wind down the private-option program and “kill it” in the future.""  [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 2/27/2014]

Tags: , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (50)

Showing 1-50 of 50

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-50 of 50

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Later today: More on the matter of Judge Wendell Griffen

    Later today: A news conference related to Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, removed from a lawsuit over execution drugs and referred to a judicial disciplinary committee for taking part in a death penalty protest on the day he entered an order in the drug case.
    • Apr 26, 2017
  • Death notes: The executions of Jack Jones and Marcel Williams

    A traditional rite of state executions is the release of logs kept by prisons officials of the last hours of condemned people, witness lists and orders of "discharge" from prison. Here they are.
    • Apr 26, 2017
  • Arkansas Cinema Society makes a splash in Forbes

    Reading this morning includes an extensive article in Forbes on-line about the new Arkansas Cinema Society, through an interview with Jeff Nichols, the Little Rock native filmmaker who's a driving force behind the new film festival.
    • Apr 26, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • FOI lawsuit filed for State Police firing records on ABC enforcement boss Boyce Hamlet

    Russell Racop has filed, as promised, his lawsuit over the State Police's refusal — under guidance from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge — to release records that provide information that led to the firing of current Alcoholic Beverage Control Enforcement Director Boyce Hamlet as a state trooper.
    • Sep 9, 2015
  • State Police issues statement on Jason Rapert 'threats'

    The State Police have issued a minor clarification in what appears to be an effort to soothe an enraged Sen. Jason Rapert, exposed here as overly excited about both a Conway parking lot question from a constituent as well as some inflammatory Internet rhetoric that he's interpreted as a dire threat on his life. State cops took his reports seriously, they say. But in the end, they found nothing actionable.
    • Sep 15, 2015
  • Transgender electrician may sue employer over her firing

    Federal Judge Susan Webber Wright has ruled that Patricia Dawson, a transgender woman, may pursue her lawsuit that she was wrongfully fired by her employer, H & H Electric, because of her sex.
    • Sep 16, 2015

Most Shared

Visit Arkansas

Haralson, Smith named to Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame

Haralson, Smith named to Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame

Chuck Haralson and Ken Smith were inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame during the 43rd annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism

Most Viewed

  • Later today: More on the matter of Judge Wendell Griffen

    Later today: A news conference related to Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, removed from a lawsuit over execution drugs and referred to a judicial disciplinary committee for taking part in a death penalty protest on the day he entered an order in the drug case.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

Slideshows

 

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