Our Voices Arkansas

The Voices of Grassroots Conservatives Across Arkansas

Apr 16, 2013

Carter Says GOP Has to Regroup (2)

(Continued from previous post due to length) It’s not only that it’s expanding Obamacare … it’s also that, regarding the private option plan itself: (1) We don’t have the money.  Not the feds, not the state.  Last time we looked, even though DC is printing cash, Arkansas is not. The least expensive way forward at...

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(Continued from previous post due to length)

blue-elections-towerIt’s not only that it’s expanding Obamacare … it’s also that, regarding the private option plan itself:

(1) We don’t have the money.  Not the feds, not the state.  Last time we looked, even though DC is printing cash, Arkansas is not.

The least expensive way forward at any given time is the right way to go – unrealized promises in the future are not pillars tp depend upon, as experience with the federal government certainly proves.  Private option is not the least expensive option for the next foreseeable future.

(2) We don’t believe in growing government.  Adding privately-run exchanges via a state-federal partnership is not smaller government.

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Private option will add layers of state bureaucracy on top of the 20,000+ pages of federal regulations already taking place under ACA.

(3) We understand you’ve put in triggers and financial safeguards by giving the Legislature control over this expansion.  However, we believe in shared, equal government powers — that is, between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches representing the people.

And, we are worried this plan that affects every Arkansan could be used as a carrot-and-stick from Legislature to Legislature, depending on which party is in the majority.

(4) We don’t believe in gambling what we may have in the future (i.e. federal Medicaid funds at certain levels, HHS approval, etc.) in return for more of what we know we don’t have now.  Arkansas’ Medicaid program is anywhere from $400 million to $50 million in arrears.

Explain again, please, how adding 100,000 or more new enrollees results in lowering costs?  Remember we also believe all the dollars we are talking about here — “federal dollars” or “state dollars” — are taxpayer dollars, coming straight out of our pockets either way.

(Continued next post …)

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