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Jun 16, 2014

How Do the 49 Feel Now?

Don’t know about you, but we’re getting weary of all the — let’s say creative — ways the state’s Progressives are still trying to fool the Arkansas taxpayers about the ill-conceived and misleadingly named private option Medicaid expansion. One example would be how the Arkansas Times used the Medicaid rules to explain away the bailout...

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westerman-no-poDon’t know about you, but we’re getting weary of all the — let’s say creative — ways the state’s Progressives are still trying to fool the Arkansas taxpayers about the ill-conceived and misleadingly named private option Medicaid expansion.

One example would be how the Arkansas Times used the Medicaid rules to explain away the bailout Arkansas looks to foist on other states for this experiment:

“Any Medicaid program — expansion or not — has somewhat unpredictable costs depending on how many enroll, the demographics of those who do, their cost of care, etc.  If the costs come in higher than expected, the feds aren’t “bailing out” a state by paying their share, they’re fulfilling their obligation under the Medicaid law.”

Never mind this quote makes it more than abundantly clear the private option is a Medicaid-mandated expansion of an existing entitlement….

Remember when Progressive Governor Beebe told the Legislature that not taking fed money to expand Medicaid meant Arkansas would be “turning down its fair share” of turnback tax dollars state residents “had already sent” to Washington?

Remember?  He said there was only so much “fed money,” and if Arkansas didn’t take its share for the private option expansion another state would get “our” money instead.  But, we forget, he was selling the private option at the time.

Now Arkansas costs are rising higher every month and we’re asking “the feds” for more money to run the program.

Wonder how the other 49 states feel now about paying for Arkansas’ experiment with their share of that “fed money?”

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