White House: States Rejecting Obamacare Expansion Save Taxpayers $88 Billion

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A new report released by the Obama White House last week reveals the extraordinary taxpayer savings created by the states that are declining Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion -- and how much expansion states are costing taxpayers. By not expanding Medicaid, 24 states are saving taxpayers $88 billion over the next three years. That is $88 billion that will not be added to the national debt -- debt that will not be passed on to future generations of taxpayers. On the other hand, states that have … [Read more...]

WaPo Fact Checker: Dem Claims About Cotton Are “Phony As A Three-Dollar Bill”


Senate Majority PAC -- a political action committee run by the former employees of  Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Al Gore, John Kerry, and the Clintons -- has released a new ad that slams Rep. Tom Cotton. However, in typical Reid-Gore-Kerry-Clinton fashion, the ad plays fast-and-loose with the facts. Actually, that’s being generous: this ad just makes stuff up. The ad begins with a falsehood about Congressman Cotton, stating that Cotton “got paid handsomely working for insurance … [Read more...]

Rep. Farrer: “Private” Option Costs Already Exceeding Federal Caps


The following is a guest article from State Representative Joe Farrer (R-Cabot): When we passed the Private Option Medicaid expansion last year, we did so under the explicit promise that the state taxpayer would bear no costs of the Medicaid expansion for at least the first three years. But what was promised during the legislative debate and what was negotiated between the Beebe and Obama administrations are very different. The Obama administration capped federal Private Option funding with … [Read more...]

Survey Says: 66% Of Arkansas Republicans Oppose “Private” Option


Our good friends over at Conduit For Action have released a new poll on the Obamacare “private” option. The poll was conducted last week, sampling 400 likely Republican primary voters, with a margin of error of 4.9%. According to their findings, 66% of Arkansas Republicans oppose the “Republican plan” for expanding Medicaid (a.k.a. the “private” option). Republicans who had an opinion on the "private" option opposed it by three to one. In addition, given five choices regarding the most … [Read more...]

“Private” Option Gridlock, Common Courtesy, & Special Session?

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The Arkansas Project Podcast is back! This week on the show, Dan and I discuss: The Obamacare "private" option gridlock Will PO gridlock end life as we know it? Obamacare proponents hate Obamacare! Is vote pairing a "common courtesy?" … [Read more...]

In The News: Mark Pryor Is Still Lying!


Terrified incumbent Senator Mark Pryor has a television ad out that attacks Congressman Tom “Young-man-in-a-hurry-to-stop-Obama” Cotton. According to Pryor, Cotton hates old people and wants to kill Medicare. Or something. But according to not one but two fact-checking organizations, Mark Pryor’s ads are false. According to the ad from Pryor, Cotton voted for a Medicare plan that would “increase out-of-pocket expenses for every senior in Arkansas.” Politifact says the ad is “mostly … [Read more...]

Supporters Of Obamacare Hate Obamacare!

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One of the more ridiculous arguments that legislators have made in support of the Medicaid expansion “private” option (Republican legislators, in particular) is that the “private” option is a “conservative response to Obamacare.” Rep. Charlie Collins regularly makes these types of claims on his Twitter feed; Speaker Davy Carter famously said last year that “a vote for the private option is a vote against Obamacare.” The problem with these theories is that, well, Medicaid expansion is a central … [Read more...]

Report: Obamacare Will Reduce Employment By 2 Million


A new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reveals that Obamacare will push 2 million Americans out of the labor force by 2017. According to the CBO, workers will be pressured to choose between working fewer hours or dropping out of the workforce altogether. From The Washington Times: CBO estimates that the ACA will reduce the total number of hours worked, on net, by about 1.5 to 2 percent during the period from 2017 to 2024, almost entirely because workers will choose to … [Read more...]