McLean Desperately Attempting To Save O’Care In AR

McLean (Obamacare)

As loyal readers of this humble blog know, state Rep. James McLean, inaugural member of the Davy Carter wing of the Democratic Party, has been having more attendance troubles at the legislature in 2014 than I had with my 8 a.m. Women’s History class my senior year of college. He’s missed 14 out of 19 education committee meetings that he was supposed to chair in 2014. A .263 batting average might be acceptable in baseball, but it isn’t so great for a committee chairman. However, one issue … [Read more...]

GAO’s “Cost Concerns” on PO, Part II

Med Exp (Red Flags)

We wrote last month about a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report: it raised some red flags about the costs to taxpayers created by Obamacare's Medicaid expansion in Arkansas. Our pals at the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) also broke down the damning report last week at Forbes. From FGA: HHS actuaries were right to question Arkansas’ assumptions, even if the Obama administration ultimately ignored their concerns. Would Arkansas really have increased … [Read more...]

Poll: Low Support for O’Care in Arkansas

Obamacare (Low AR Support)

A new poll out today from the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) shows that despite some campaigns’ and officials’ ideas to the contrary, Obamacare is still a political loser in Arkansas for 2014. From FGA: Over 60 percent of likely voters in Arkansas say they are unlikely to support a candidate who supports ObamaCare in the upcoming election, meaning candidates who support or helped pass Arkansas’ Private Option Medicaid expansion have a target on their backs this November, … [Read more...]

House Speaker More Loyal to Obamacare than Political Party

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In the course of tweeting the finer points of the Miss America pageant Sunday night, Speaker of the House (and alleged Republican) Davy Carter apparently thought it would be a good time to endorse James McLean, a Democrat, in his race against Republican candidate, Linda Collins-Smith. I e-mailed Carter to see if this was an official endorsement, but I never heard back from him. Carter’s statement is one of many examples that show how private option architects are becoming increasingly … [Read more...]

1.) Dump More People On Medicaid 2.) Brag About Cost Savings 3.) Repeat

Beebe Misleads

Governor Mike Beebe, and other private option advocates, would have you believe that everything is going swell for the program -- especially after the prices for the 2015 exchange policies showed a slight net decrease. One Republican backer of the private option recently told the Arkansas Times: This is good news. These are early indications of what our costs will be in 2015 for the private option and these are lower than what we anticipated, both in our planning and what was approved in the … [Read more...]

PO “Raises Cost Concerns” For Feds

Med Exp (Red Flags)

One of the phrases you’ll often hear from pro-private option legislators is that the private option “isn’t Medicaid expansion.” Well, it turns out a recent report from the Government Accountability Office agrees with them, but only because the private option will likely cost taxpayers far more than traditional Medicaid expansion. From the report: HHS’s approval of $778 million dollars of hypothetical costs in the Arkansas demonstration spending limit and the department’s waiver of its … [Read more...]

Exchange Director Unsure If Arkansas Will Speed Up Implementation of State Exchange

Injecting Arkansas - Reduced PPI

Last week, I began investigating whether Arkansas was moving towards a state-run Obamacare exchange. My initial interest in this story emerged after several state lawmakers told me they were hearing rumblings that the state’s Obamacare bureaucracy was looking at expediting our move to a state-based exchange. This troubled me because, as I read the existing law, I realized the exchange is not supposed to make the switch until next summer: Act 1500, the authorizing statute for the exchange, … [Read more...]

Top 5 Stories On TAP: July

07 (July) 2014

We had a lot of interesting stories from our great writers this past month. We thought you might be interested in looking back at our 5 most popular posts and catch up on any you may have missed. #5 New Developments Reveal That U of A’s “Intellectual Property Rights” To Clinton Recordings Are Wholly Imaginary:  In a saga that continues to play out in the public eye, the University of Arkansas libraries have embarrassed themselves hand over fist on this one. Their attempted censorship of The … [Read more...]