After Halbig, Arkansas Moving Towards A State-Based Exchange

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Last week, the D.C. circuit court ruled in Halbig v. Burwell that Obamacare subsidies cannot flow into state that are participating in the federally-run exchange. If the ruling holds (it will almost certainly be appealed), this could be a game changer for the federal health care law: currently, only 14 states have state-run exchanges and, according to the ruling, are eligible for premium subsidies. The question is, will the 36 states that are in the federal exchange now move to state exchanges … [Read more...]

Archivist expert rips UA Library permission-to-publish policy

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We’ve already written about some of the more dubious claims the University of Arkansas has made regarding their “suspension” of the Washington Free Beacon (WFB) from library archives earlier this summer -- after the WFB published a series of stories critical of Hillary Clinton. Specifically, we criticized the library’s policy of forcing researchers to fill out a permission-to-publish form for public documents in a public library. We found out recently that Peter Hirtle, a past President of … [Read more...]

How Big Is Halbig? (Podcast)

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This week on the show: How big is the Halbig ruling? Subsidies can only flow through state exchanges This Arkansas child can't get care she needs from Medicaid LR trying to stop Uber … [Read more...]

Mica Strother, the Face of the Favor Factory

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You might remember previous news reports about one of Governor Mike Beebe’s staffers, Mica Strother. Strother has a unique business model: apparently, she’s been spending part of her day working as a fundraiser for the Mark Pryor for Senate campaign, and the rest of it helping to decide who to appoint to various state government boards and commissions. To say that such an arrangement invites conflicts of interest is an understatement. Here’s an update on the Strother situation. Appointees made … [Read more...]

Report: Undercover Agents Fraudulently Enroll In Obamacare

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A new report from the Government Accountability Office reveals that Obamacare (*gasp*) is highly susceptible to fraud. According to the Associated Press: Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law... The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says its undercover investigators were able to get subsidized health care under fake names in 11 out of 18 attempts. The GAO is still paying … [Read more...]

Report: Arkansas Terrible On Transparency

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Arkansans who care about transparency in government received some bad news today. According to an American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) study on tax cronyism released today, Arkansas is one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to reporting exactly what special breaks the state’s tax code gives to favored industries. William Freeland, an ALEC research analyst who worked on the report, told The Arkansas Project in a phone interview: The biggest thing here on Arkansas is in … [Read more...]

Sick Child Denied Treatment As State Spends Billions On Able-Bodied Adults

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A new report released last week details how Medicaid expansion will harm the most needy Americans. Because of the perverse funding formula of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, expansion enrollees -- a population of mostly childless, mostly healthy adults -- receive more health care spending than traditional Medicaid enrollees. Author Jonathan Ingram explains: In the states that hope to get Medicaid spending under control, an ObamaCare Medicaid expansion puts truly vulnerable patients at even … [Read more...]

Joan Adcock, Let My Uber Go!

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Relatively new ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft will have to submit to burdensome, archaic taxi regulations -- or not operate at all -- if one of Little Rock’s Board of Directors has her way. Both the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the Arkansas Times have recently reported on City Director Joan Adcock’s crusade to save Little Rock taxi customers from the menace of cheap, convenient taxi alternatives like Uber and Lyft. From the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: "The bottom line is that people … [Read more...]