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...]

Arkansas Has A New Chance To Fight Obamacare. Will We Take It?

Latest on AR State Exchanges

Yesterday, I wrote about the steps Arkansas is taking to set up a state-based Obamacare exchange. The Halbig decision presents a huge opportunity for states to protect their residents and employers from the devastating mandates in Obamacare. Let’s explore. Based on the logic of Halbig, any state which declines to implement a state Obamacare exchange would free its residents from the individual mandate and its employers from the employer mandate. This is because the Obamacare mandates are … [Read more...]

Sick Child Denied Treatment As State Spends Billions On Able-Bodied Adults

No Money for Sick Kids (New)

A new report released last week details how Medicaid expansion will harm the most needy Americans. Because of the perverse funding formula of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, expansion enrollees -- a population of mostly childless, mostly healthy adults -- receive more health care spending than traditional Medicaid enrollees. Author Jonathan Ingram explains: In the states that hope to get Medicaid spending under control, an ObamaCare Medicaid expansion puts truly vulnerable patients at even … [Read more...]

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

Medicaid (Cut 3.43 Save 1.00)

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...]

New Poll: It’s Over for Arkansas Obamacare

PO Support Drops (No People)

Yesterday, Impact Management released a new poll showing Congressman Tom Cotton leading Senator Mark Pryor 47-43% in the race for U.S. Senate. More impressively, Cotton is also winning independents 56-28%. But there’s another data set in the Impact poll that will be of great interest to Arkansas taxpayers. Pollsters asked respondents if they opposed or supported the legislature’s plan to expand Medicaid through Obamacare by using “private insurance.” 44% of respondents said they oppose the … [Read more...]

Report: $14.4 Billion In Fraudulent Medicaid Payments Last Year

Medicaid Fraud ($14.4 Billion)

A new report from the Government Accountability Office reveals that federal taxpayers financed $14.4 billion in “improper payments” last year -- and who knows how much state taxpayers pitched in: In fiscal year 2013, the Medicaid program covered about 71.7 million individuals at a cost of $431.1 billion, of which CMS estimated that $14.4 billion (5.8 percent) were improper payments. GAO says the program is so big and “diverse,” it’s tough to monitor fraud. Some of this fraud includes violation … [Read more...]

Taxpayers Pay Twice For Some Obamacare Enrollees

Congrats, taxpayers: you get to hold the bag!

News broke late last week that nearly 5,000 Arkansans would be kicked off of the Obamacare “private option” program. Now, as more details emerge, it looks like things are even worse than they first appeared. There are two big concerns, which are both hinted at in yesterday’s Democrat-Gazette story on this scandal. Here’s a snippet: Among those who received the notices was Cheryl Cohen, 58, who owns Village Nutrition, a health-food store in Hot Springs Village, with her husband, … [Read more...]

Have Conservative Reformers Blazed The Trail For The “Private” Option? No.

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A couple of weeks ago, Senator David Sanders appeared on the highly-acclaimed Paul Harrell Program to discuss the Obamacare “private” option. Sanders did his best to spin away unpleasant facts about the PO. For example, he explained that he doesn’t believe the Medicaid expansion program is currently over budget by 10-15%. (Based on the available data, Sanders’s dismissal is “patently false.") But Sanders’s alarming comments about his Obamacare “private” option didn’t stop there. Throughout … [Read more...]