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This week on The Arkansas Project Podcast: The AG race is heating up! Sunscreen is a toxic substance, according to this school district What the Arkansas Project was and is (We apologize for the intermittent sound problems in this week's show that resulted from the storm.) … [Read more...]

The Future Of The Obamacare “Private” Option: DOA In The Senate?


After Tuesday night’s election results, the future of the Obamacare “private” option appears even shakier. That's because the anti-PO caucus was successful at moving one of their leaders from the House to the Senate; this could roadblock the PO in the 2015 session. As I reported yesterday, Rep. Terry Rice was successful in his bid to unseat incumbent Senator Bruce Holland in District 9. Rice has been a strong, consistent opponent of the “private” option since its inception. Holland, on the … [Read more...]

How Would Missy Irvin Vote On The “Private” Option Next Session?


Senator Missy Irvin was one of the deciding votes to implement the Obamacare “private” option in 2013. To her credit, however, Irvin reversed course and voted against funding the program in this year’s fiscal session. Now Irvin is locked in a heated primary contest with challenger Phil Grace, and she’s facing some direct questions about her support for the Medicaid expansion program -- although some of her answers have been less than direct. Yesterday, Irvin and Grace squared off in a radio … [Read more...]

Poll: GOP Support For Obamacare “Private” Option Is Plummeting


Talk Business has released a new poll on the approval rating of the Obamacare “private” option from likely Republican primary voters. If you’re a fan of the PO, you may not like the results. According to the latest survey, which was conducted last week, 54% of likely GOP voters oppose the “private” option. Just 23% favor the program, indicating an overall disapproval of nearly 2-to-1. Here’s the big picture: these latest numbers show a 13-point swing in favorability amongst GOPers in the last … [Read more...]

Nine Problems With Senator Holland’s Latest Mailer

02-23-2012 Candidate Filing

Senator Bruce Holland recently sent out a campaign mailer, defending his support of the Arkansas Obamacare “private” option. Here’s a look: Unfortunately, almost every claim in this mailer is so flimsy that it begs to be refuted. Here’s where Holland gets it wrong: 1. Obamacare “forces the expansion of a broken system.” This is wrong. In its ruling on Obamacare, the Supreme Court gave each state an opportunity to reject Medicaid expansion. Every other state in the South took that … [Read more...]

Arkansas: The Twilight Zone Of Health Care Policy


Last week, Family Council released their survey of primary candidates for state and federal offices. Family Council has set the bar for candidate surveys over the last several years. Once again, they released a quality product that covers a wide range of issues facing our state. As I read through the survey, I saw that that candidates for Lieutenant Governor were asked to respond to this statement by expressing their support or opposition: Medicaid Expansion: The Arkansas Private Option law … [Read more...]

Holland Falls On Sword: ‘I Did’ Cast Deciding Vote On ‘Private’ Option


On Thursday night, incumbent State Senator Bruce Holland and challenger Rep. Terry Rice squared off in a debate. According to The City Wire’s Ryan Saylor, there were no “fireworks,” but there were some interesting comments made by Holland in defense of his vote for the Obamacare “private” option. Here’s one: Now there's nothing perfect about it. It's the crappiest lemonade you could make out of these lemons. That's a fact. But doing nothing was not a good option. Expanding Medicaid was a … [Read more...]

Feel That Breeze? It’s Senator Sample Spinning On The ‘Private’ Option


Senator Bill Sample has found himself in a heated primary contest with challenger Jerry Neal. Sample’s support of the Obamacare “private” option has become central to the campaign debate. Neal says he is against it; Sample has voted for it repeatedly and still believes it’s the best path for Arkansas’s health care system. Recently, both candidates spoke before the Garland Good Government Group. During the Q&A period, Sample was asked about his support for the PO. After all, the questioner … [Read more...]