Arkansas Policy Leaders Debunk Medicaid Myths

Medicaid Myth Busted (Dark)Over the weekend, two op-eds from Arkansas policy leaders appeared in one of Utah’s largest newspapers. The topic: Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.
The first piece was drafted by Rep. Joe Farrer and Senator Bryan King, two leading opponents of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion in the Arkansas legislature. The piece was penned in response to the false statements made by Senator David Sanders, Arkansas-Obamacare spokesman, in his Utah op-ed late last month.
(In that column, Sanders said that, in Year 2 of the Obamacare “private” option expansion, certain enrollees would be required to pay co-pays. This claim was debunked last week.)
The Farrer-King op-ed focused on Sanders’s other false claims — that the Obamacare expansion has led to significant reductions in uncompensated care and that it has facilitated “competition” among providers:

Sen. Sanders claims that his “Private Option” plan meets the goal of insurance market competition. However, he fails to disclose that in nearly two-thirds of Arkansas counties, the only “competition” is Blue Cross Blue Shield competing against itself. While three carriers are expected to participate in the ObamaCare exchange next year, our state’s insurance department expected three to four carriers to participate all along, long before the “Private Option” was ever devised—it had nothing to do with Sen. Sanders’ “Private Option.”
But even those plans won’t really compete…

You will not want to miss this full story at the Deseret News.
In addition, AAI President Dan Greenberg co-authored an op-ed with Utah lawmaker Rep. Mike Kennedy to correct the false narrative of the healthcare special interests in the state. In a classic takedown, the column challenges the false pro-Obamacare talking points directly:

Claim: Utah recoups billions implementing Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion
Truth: Medicaid expansion is not an ATM card
When Poppen suggests Utah is losing hundreds of thousands of dollars every day it doesn’t expand Medicaid, he misrepresents how federal spending works. States that reject expansion aren’t rejecting money they are owed. There isn’t a lockbox or ATM reserved for Utah, Arkansas or any state. Any money spent on Medicaid expansion is money that must be printed or borrowed, adding billions to our national debt. Money is saved, not lost, when a state rejects expansion. According to the Kaiser Foundation, Medicaid expansion in Utah would cost nearly $5.3 billion over nine years. If Utah rejects Obamacare’s expansion, our national debt is $5.3 billion less.

You will not want to miss this full piece at Deseret News.

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