GAO’s “Cost Concerns” on PO, Part II

Med Exp (Red Flags)

We wrote last month about a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report: it raised some red flags about the costs to taxpayers created by Obamacare's Medicaid expansion in Arkansas. Our pals at the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) also broke down the damning report last week at Forbes. From FGA: HHS actuaries were right to question Arkansas’ assumptions, even if the Obama administration ultimately ignored their concerns. Would Arkansas really have increased … [Read more...]

Cato Doesn’t Want To Have Beebe’s Babies

Beebe (Grade D for Increasing Taxes)

A big chunk of the political class in Arkansas was chattering about the fawning profile of Gov. Mike Beebe in the New York Times yesterday. The article contained this, err, interesting nugget: “How is he regarded? As one female political operative here put it, “He talks like molasses, and I want to have his babies.” Well, okay then. Unfortunately for Beebe, yesterday the Cato Institute, that bastion of freedom and limited government, threw cold water on all those people in Arkansas that … [Read more...]

1.) Dump More People On Medicaid 2.) Brag About Cost Savings 3.) Repeat

Beebe Misleads

Governor Mike Beebe, and other private option advocates, would have you believe that everything is going swell for the program -- especially after the prices for the 2015 exchange policies showed a slight net decrease. One Republican backer of the private option recently told the Arkansas Times: This is good news. These are early indications of what our costs will be in 2015 for the private option and these are lower than what we anticipated, both in our planning and what was approved in the … [Read more...]

PO “Raises Cost Concerns” For Feds

Med Exp (Red Flags)

One of the phrases you’ll often hear from pro-private option legislators is that the private option “isn’t Medicaid expansion.” Well, it turns out a recent report from the Government Accountability Office agrees with them, but only because the private option will likely cost taxpayers far more than traditional Medicaid expansion. From the report: HHS’s approval of $778 million dollars of hypothetical costs in the Arkansas demonstration spending limit and the department’s waiver of its … [Read more...]

Mica Strother, the Face of the Favor Factory

Arkansas-Capitol-Building

You might remember previous news reports about one of Governor Mike Beebe’s staffers, Mica Strother. Strother has a unique business model: apparently, she’s been spending part of her day working as a fundraiser for the Mark Pryor for Senate campaign, and the rest of it helping to decide who to appoint to various state government boards and commissions. To say that such an arrangement invites conflicts of interest is an understatement. Here’s an update on the Strother situation. Appointees made … [Read more...]

The Real Beebe Jobs Record

Real Beebe Job Numbers

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...]

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

Cozy with DeCample (1)

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...]