The Mirage of Section 1332 Waivers

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Imagine that, one day, you receive a registered letter from the Internal Revenue Service, explaining that you owe them a special new $5,000 tax assessment. This isn’t good news – but, as you continue to read, you see a ray of hope at the end of the letter: at its very bottom, the letter says that you may be eligible for a waiver. All you have to do to get a waiver, according to the letter, is make an appointment with an IRS representative, who will help you fill out the waiver form that is … [Read more...]

Pearson Gets HB 1042 Exactly Wrong

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It is election season, and therefore the season of curious political ads -- as well as patently false advertising. Today’s special comes from a recent postcard from Arkansas Democrats’ boy wonder, Tyler Pearson, who is fresh out of graduate school and running against incumbent state Sen. Jason Rapert. The Pearson campaign recently sent out a postcard criticizing Rapert’s vote supporting eminent domain by greedy oil companies, citing HB 1042. The postcard breathlessly explains: "Rapert's … [Read more...]

Medicaid Expansion Medley (Podcast)

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This week on The Arkansas Project Podcast: House passes Obamacare "private" option funding Rep. Hammer explains his "private" option vote Rep. Farrer reports the PO is already over spending caps Sen. Rapert says Obama is terrified of PO Rep. Mayberry compares to PO to "jumping out of a burning building" Hillary loves the PO! Sen. Key moves funding from traditional Medicaid to PO fund … [Read more...]

Everybody Hopes This Is The Last Time I Write About Jason Rapert For A While

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Senator Jason Rapert’s newest defense of the private option is remarkable: I voted for the Private Option which moves people from the traditional government provided free Medicaid system to the utilization of private insurance because it bridges people to the concept of having individual consumer choice which helps move them from a government handout to being responsible for their own medical decisions. The Private Option, paired with the creation of the Medicaid Inspector General office to … [Read more...]

Senator Rapert’s Christmas Message

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Well, I suppose it’s an exaggeration to call it a Christmas message – but I wanted to make a few points in response to the tart series of tweets that Senator Jason Rapert directed at me on Christmas Day: First, when Rapert suggests that my Tuesday post will “need corrections,” it seems only fair for him to explain what the needed corrections are. But that explanation is absent – and it isn’t clear to me that his suggestion that “corrections” are needed is anything more than bluster. In … [Read more...]

The ‘Private Option’ Debate Gets Weirder

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George Orwell once said that, in a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. At a Legislative Council hearing last week, Senator Jason Rapert said something revolutionary: he noted that the premises under which the state legislature approved the Arkansas version of Medicaid expansion – the “private option” – have completely changed. Rapert said: We had a whole different set of rules and expectations as it related to the rollout [of Obamacare and the private … [Read more...]

Wow, Senator Rapert, That Was A Quick Three Weeks!

Before last year's election, Senator Rapert said expanding Medicaid would turn Arkansas into a "candy land" of entitlements.

Less than a week ago, Senator Jason Rapert announced at AAI’s Conway town hall that he wanted the legislature to delay passage of the “private option” Medicaid expansion. Less than 72 hours ago, Rapert reiterated his call for delay, specifying this time that the legislature needed to take three weeks off to go visit with constituents about the plan. Late last night, however, just 48 hours after re-issuing the call for delay across state media, Rapert announced his intentions to support the … [Read more...]

Senator Rapert Calls Again for “Private Option” Delay

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Yesterday I reported that state Senator Jason Rapert announced (while attending AAI’s Monday town hall meeting in Conway) that he wanted the legislature to delay passage of the “private option” Medicaid expansion. Now the AP has picked up on the story. According to a new report, Rapert reiterated his calls for delay this morning at the Capitol, saying lawmakers should take three weeks off to go talk to their constituents and then reconvene. Talk to your constituents? What a great … [Read more...]