Damon Wallace’s Degree Problem

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I’ve written in some detail about Damon Wallace’s financial troubles. Not only does this candidate for House District 96 have thousands in IRS debts, but he also failed to disclose some of the debts he owed to local governments in northwest Arkansas. (The worst-case scenario under Arkansas law is that this kind of error in disclosure could lead to fines and jail time.) Stunningly, Wallace explained some of his financial problems to Larry Henry of 5News by saying “I wasn’t trying to hide it. … [Read more...]

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This week on The Arkansas Project Podcast: Breaking down Wednesday's AG debate (full video of the debate here) Forbes article outlines "private" option cost overruns Monty Python's Argument Clinic The "private" option competition that doesn't exist Sebelius Greatest Hits, via WSJ … [Read more...]

The Competition Vacuum in the “Private” Option

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You might recall that one of the selling points of the “private” option was market competition. Competition among insurance carriers was going to lower prices and improve the quality of services. Indeed, the actuaries who estimated the costs of the “private” option relied on the low prices that competition would create. Our insurance commissioner even explained that the high number of carriers that were participating – four! – was triggered by the “private” option. In reality, market … [Read more...]

GOP Senate Primaries, Round 4: Burris vs. Flippo vs. Osmon

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As part of our continuing series of articles on the various GOP primaries across the state, we now turn our attention to state Senate District 17. After state Senator Johnny Key announced he would not seek re-election so that he could pursue a better paying career with the University of Arkansas, three candidates filed to replace him: Representative John Burris, business owner Scott Flippo, and Mountain Home Mayor Dave Osmon, all Republicans. Unlike my previous GOP Senate primary articles, I … [Read more...]

Live-Stream: GOP Attorney General Debate

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“There Is A Lot Wrong” With This Forbes Article, But Legislators Are Too Busy To Explain

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Yesterday, Forbes published an insightful piece about the Arkansas Obamacare “private” option. The bottom line for Arkansas taxpayers: for the second month in a row, the “private” option costs are well above projections and above the federal cap. The Forbes article (authored by Josh Archambault and Jonathan Ingram of the Foundation for Government Accountability) outlines what could happen if “private” option costs continue to climb: ...under terms of the waiver signed by Governor Beebe and … [Read more...]

Tonight: GOP Attorney General Candidates Face Off

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That moment you’ve all been waiting for is almost here: AAI’s Attorney General debate at Bowen Law School is tonight at 6:00 p.m. If you can make it, please join us a few minutes before 6:00 so you can greet the candidates and get a good seat. The event will take place in the law school’s courtroom on the first floor of the building. For directions to Bowen, click here. The debate should wrap up no later than 7:30 p.m. and will feature all three Republican candidates for AG -- Patricia … [Read more...]

Another Justification For The Obamacare “Private” Option Bites The Dust

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Late last Monday evening, March 31, Congress approved a proposal to delay cuts to reimbursements for doctors who provide Medicare services. But that’s not all: the bill also pushed forward cuts to hospitals even farther into the future. These payments, commonly referred to as “disproportionate share hospital” payments or DSH, are given to hospitals to help pay for their uncompensated care costs related to the treatment of Medicaid patients. This development is significant because, as you may … [Read more...]