Happy (Belated) Tax Freedom Day, Arkansas: You Now Have Permission To Keep Your Money

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Today is April 15th, the day that federal tax filings are due. (We hope this doesn’t come as a surprise to any of you.) So this seems like the perfect time to talk about how awful taxes are in America! While today is (unfortunately) Tax Day, I want to be sure you know also know the good news about Tax Freedom Day. This is the day of the year that the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay its total tax bill for year. A good way to think about this is that, up until Tax Freedom Day, … [Read more...]

Holland And Rice Spar Over Legislative Records

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I wrote a few weeks ago about the Republican state Senate primary in District 9. Unlike other primaries this year, it’s the only race that features two incumbent legislators facing off against each other. Therefore, both candidates have voting records for voters -- and their opponent -- to examine and scrutinize. Personally, I think this is awesome: it gives us all a chance to measure the candidates not only by what they say they will do, but by what they have actually done. This dynamic lends … [Read more...]

Why We Talk About The “Private” Option All The Time & Announcing The Battle At Bowen! (Podcast)

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This week on The Arkansas Project Podcast we discuss: "Why do y'all talk about the 'private' option all the time?" Arkansas House elects new Speaker Court throws out the Risperdal settlement Announcing: The Battle At Bowen! … [Read more...]

New Footage From FGA: The ‘PO’ Is “ObamaCare’s Medicaid Expansion”

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The Foundation for Government Accountability has released a new web video that highlights many of the broken promises of the Arkansas version of Medicaid expansion, which has been dubbed the “private option.” The video features comments from FGA's Kristina Ribali and two Arkansas legislators -- Rep. Bruce Westerman (the Advance … [Read more...]

Report: Obamacare in Arkansas Will Hurt, Not Help Hospitals

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The Advance Arkansas Institute has released a new report about the impact of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion on Arkansas hospitals. In short, Obamacare-Medicaid expansion is a loser for hospitals all the way around. Here are some of the key findings of the report: The problem of hospitals’ uncompensated care is driven primarily by bad debt, which the private option does not address; The problem of hospital bad debt, and uncompensated care generally, is likely overstated by … [Read more...]

The Private Option: Let’s Quit While We’re Behind

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Anyone interested in the intersection of law and politics that Arkansas’s private option creates should remember what Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote more than a century ago – namely, that a good lawyer must be able to speak intelligently about what courts will do in the future, not just about what they’ve done in the past. Yesterday, at the joint meeting of the state legislature’s Public Health Committee, attendees saw an excellent example of Holmes’s dictum. The experts who testified before the … [Read more...]

Uncovering the Obamacare Exchanges

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The Advance Arkansas Institute has released a new paper on the Obamacare exchanges. Do you understand how the Obamacare exchanges will affect you? Well, don’t worry about it: nobody else does either. In fact, the Obamacare exchanges create extraordinary pitfalls for people who want to get married, change jobs, save money, or – indeed – seek medical attention. If you think you might face any of these life choices in the future, you owe it to yourself to read the two papers we’ve just … [Read more...]

These AAI Forums Are A Hit!

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Three of Advance Arkansas Institute's 'Uncover Obamacare' town halls are now in the books. All of the forums have been heavily attended by Arkansans who are concerned about the impact of Obamacare on their lives and small businesses. After today's Heber Springs forum, health care expert and town hall panelist Christie Herrera of the Foundation for Government Accountability said: I always enjoy coming to Arkansas, although it's often a little surprising to discover that the opinion of the people … [Read more...]