Republicans in Arkansas messing up by endorsing Obamacare

 

Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR
Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute told lawmakers March 19, 2013 that abandoning plans to partner with the federal government on a health insurance exchange would both benefit the state and reduce the power of the Affordable Care Act.
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I am very pleased with the Republican lawmakers in Arkansas for their efforts in this session to protect our second amendment rights and the rights of unborn children. They have also made it clear that they want to lower our taxes in what is a high tax state because individuals making over $34,000 a year are paying at least part of their state income taxes at the highest income tax rate which is 7%. They rightly have pointed out that two of our neighbors (Tennessee and Texas) don’t have a state income tax.

Now for the bad news. Today I read in the Arkansas Times Blog the article,   Arkansas Republican leaders endorse “private option”, that was written by David Ramsey. I am very upset with my Republican friends in Arkansas who are endorsing Obamacare with this medicaid expansion in Arkansas with this “private option.”

After hearing Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute speak to Arkansas Republican lawmakers Nick Horton of the Arkansas Project wrote:

Today I went down to the luxurious Capitol cafeteria to hear the Cato Institute’s Michael Cannon speak on the current state of Obamacare implementation in Arkansas. What I learned is that we are dangerously close to becoming part of the Obamacare monstrosity — but there is hope that the beast can be stopped, and that should be every Arkansan’s goal.

The answer to stopping Obamacare sounds pretty simple, albeit politically tricky: 1. Don’t expand Medicaid & 2. Don’t create health care exchanges (See our previous reporting on exchanges). First, let’s take a look at Medicaid expansion, beginning with a few statistics from Cannon:

  • 1 out of 3 doctors do not accept Medicaid
  • 4 out of 5 dentists do not accept Medicaid
  • 8 out of 10 people who will be put into Medicaid expansion already have private insurance
  • $1 out of every $3 in Medicaid dollars does nothing to make patients happier or healthier

No doubt many of you have heard of “The Beebe Plan” for expanding Medicaid that is being championed by even some conservative legislators as a “free-market option.” (Here’s a recent example of the representation Republicans are making.) Cannon rejected this categorization, calling it “cronyism.” In our conversation after the meeting, he told me it’s not a free-market approach until there’s no government money being spent.

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I am going to contact every Arkansas lawmaker that I know and try to get this effort stopped. Dan Greenberg of the Arkansas Advance Institute blog and several other conservatives oppose this effort by my Republican friends. Hopefully they will wake up and see that they are trusting President Obama’s word and that reminds me of the time he told pro-life Democrats that Obamacare would not pay for abortions. Things change pretty fast with this administration and I would not trust them.

Michael Cannon actually wrote an article that was posted yesterday on the Cato Institute blog that talked about Arkansas’ “private option plan” and how it stinks.” I have posted 6 different videos that cover all the Michael Cannon had to say when he came to Arkansas a couple of weeks ago. It was very interesting.
I want to challenge any Republican lawmaker in Arkansas to take 6 minutes and watch a video by Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute about Obamacare and how government intrusion into healthcare has been bad in the past and will be bad in the future.
 
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A Red-Ink Train Wreck: The Real Fiscal Cost of Government-Run Healthcare

Uploaded on Nov 9, 2009

This CF&P Foundation video explains why healthcare proposals in Washington will result in bloated government and higher deficits. This mini-documentary exposes the pervasive inaccuracy of congressional forecasts and succinctly lists 12 reasons why Obamacare will be a budget buster. For more information: http://www.freedomandprosperity.org

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