Trumpcare failure a big relief for Asa Hutchinson | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Trumpcare failure a big relief for Asa Hutchinson

Posted By on Sat, Mar 25, 2017 at 9:23 AM

Gov. Asa Hutchinson was among the many governor's happy at the fiasco — the failure of President Trump to even vote, much less win House passage of legislation to repeal Obamacare.

The bill would have been devastating to the state. Hutchinson had written to oppose the legislation. He, of course, is a Republican and mouths the required words "repeal and replace Obamacare" But his replacement ideas are broadly general — about "flexibility" for the states and "resources necessary to make sure no one is left out." In other words, don't cut our federal bucks. It is precisely this desire that produced the right-wing GOP roadblock to Trumpcare passage — punitive as it was on Medicaid recipients, it wasn't punitive enough.

AP assesses the happy governors here.

Trumpcare would have ended coverage for 24 million or more people by 2026, 14 million in the first year. It would have deprived a huge number of the 300,000 in Arkansas benefitting from the Affordable Care Act. The states, particularly red states like Arkansas, would not have picked up the slack.

The nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation found in a study this week that trying to maintain the existing levels of Medicaid coverage would have been costly. It could have taken cuts equal to one-fourth of some state governments' education budgets to keep the coverage without raising taxes, the report found.
As it is, the Obamacare Medicaid expansion money adds to Hutchinson's general revenue resources, in addition to being a huge economic stimulus.

Tags: , , , ,


Comments (7)

Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Dogpatch deal appears to be unraveling

    The Harrison Daily Times reports that an eviction suit has been filed against a company that had leased property above the old Dogpatch USA theme park. It alleges Heritage USA Ozarks Resort and the company owner David Hare haven't paid the rent.
    • Aug 21, 2018
  • Leslie Rutledge mounts the Trump defense

    Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is adopting the Donald Trump strategy on news of her lackluster history as a DHS lawyer: unleash a Tweetstorm and call it "fake news" This is another way to say "facts unflattering to the candidate." She protests too much.
    • Aug 21, 2018
  • Griffen ethics case will proceed to trial

    The Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission Monday denied Judge Wendell Griffen's request to dismiss ethics charges against him. It also granted him only limited access to documents he'd sought related to the investigation.
    • Aug 21, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Women's March planned in Arkansas to mark Trump inauguration

    Speaking of Donald Trump and in answer to a reader's question: There will be a women's march in Arkansas on Jan. 21, the day after inauguration, as well as the national march planned in Washington.
    • Dec 30, 2016
  • Campus gun bill clears committee

    The so-called compromise amendment that will allow anyone 25 or older with a training certificate carry a concealed weapon on public college campuses was approved in a Senate committee this afternoon.
    • Feb 21, 2017
  • Free Zinn book for Arkansas teachers

    Arkansas teachers! Get your free Howard Zinn book here! Whether Kim Hendren likes it or not.
    • Mar 3, 2017

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation