Crittenden Regional Hospital Not “Saved” by the Private Option

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Remember how the private option was going to save rural hospitals? Remember how hospital lobbyist Bo Ryall explained to the state legislature that the private option was crucial if we want “rural hospitals to survive?” As one argument after another for the private option failed, its advocates regularly retreated to their final defense: at least the private option would keep the doors of rural hospitals open. Over in West Memphis, however, the flood of new subsidies just wasn’t big enough to … [Read more...]

The Latest “Private Option” Broken Promise: Counterfeit Medical Savings Accounts

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Less than a week after Nic Horton left the Arkansas Project, he’s back on our site! Well, sort of. Horton is now affiliated with the Foundation for Government Accountability, and he coauthored their newest article at Forbes.com: “Arkansas Private Option’s Latest Boondoggle: Health Independence Accounts" Increase Dependence and Increase Costs.”  As the article recounts, the “Private Option’s” health savings accounts, which were supposed to be the “heart and soul” of Medicaid reform, are an … [Read more...]

How Big Is Halbig? (Podcast)

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This week on the show: How big is the Halbig ruling? Subsidies can only flow through state exchanges This Arkansas child can't get care she needs from Medicaid LR trying to stop Uber … [Read more...]

The Real Beebe Jobs Record

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If you watch or read the news in Arkansas, you probably hear a lot about outgoing Gov. Mike Beebe’s record of “job creation.” One political columnist recently claimed that “economic development was a hallmark of the Beebe era.” Gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross released his first television ad earlier this year, attempting to tie himself to Beebe and claiming in an accompanying statement: Arkansas has made tremendous progress under Governor Beebe…I want to build on the foundations Governor … [Read more...]

Inequality At The DPA & DeCample’s Outburst (Podcast)

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This week on the show: Does the DPA hate women? More on "paycheck fairness" Matt DeCample is very mad that people don't like Obamacare VIDEO: Matt DeCample in court! … [Read more...]

Who’s On The Obamacare Chopping Block? The Truly Needy

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A new report from the Foundation of Government Accountability paints a dire fiscal picture for Arkansas taxpayers in the coming years. The report, authored by Jonathan Ingram, reveals that Medicaid spending nationwide has “more than doubled” since 2000. Under Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, Medicaid spending will continue to skyrocket and, at some point, states are going to be forced to deal with this fiscal storm. This will be a daunting task for states -- particularly Arkansas -- because of … [Read more...]

Breaking: Beebe Admin ‘Increasingly Concerned’ That Obamacare Critics Don’t Like Obamacare Expansion

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A new report at Forbes this morning reveals some troubling facts about how Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe’s staff is spending its time. In late May, Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample sent an email to Forbes editor Coates Bateman. DeCample was none-too-pleased with Forbes’s detailed coverage of the failures of Beebe’s Obamacare Medicaid expansion program. You remember: the program that’s been over budget every single month since its inception. According to DeCample, the Beebe administration is … [Read more...]

A Bad Week For Obamacare and Mark Pryor (Podcast)

This week on the show: POLL: Just 13% of Arkansas GOPers support Arkansas Obamacare AR blogger ignores the biggest news in this poll Davy Carter says a vote for Obamacare is a vote against Obamacare Obamacare PO architect loves conservative buzzwords GAO: $14.4 billion for Medicaid fraud last year Cotton camp responds to misleading storm ads Pryor camp dupes property owner into using land for attack ad … [Read more...]