Quotes that show Private Option is Obamacare


Some legislators are objecting to our calling the Arkansas Medicaid Expansion Private Option "Obamacare in Arkansas,"  and one asked me to apologize to everyone for calling it that.  The quotes below indicate that Local, State, and National Media are calling it Obamacare.  Main points in red font  if you are too busy to read all the quotes. At the end of this email note the 4 points, any of which should have indicated such to Republicans voting for it.  And be sure to note the map that shows us  joining the other "blue states" like California, Washington, and Massachusetts in participating at end of the quotes: 


It’s a huge day for Obamacare in Arkansas - Washington Post

Posted by Sarah Kliff on April 15, 2013 at 8:55 am


Health policy experts have been buzzing for weeks now over the so-called “Arkansas plan,” in which the state would use Medicaid expansion dollars to buy private insurance coverage.

If Arkansas could hammer out an agreement with the Obama administration, the thinking has gone, a handful of Republican-run states who like the idea of using public funds for private coverage might also come into the Obamacare program.


Arkansas Legislature Sends Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Bill To Governor’s Desk For Final Approval


Arkansas came one step closer to expanding Medicaid under Obamacare on Thursday after the state senate advanced a modified expansion bill by a 27-8 vote. The bill now heads to Gov. Mike Beebe (D), who is expected to sign it promptly.



Arkansas lawmakers approve health plan seen as compromise with Obama

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) - Arkansas lawmakers on Tuesday approved extending health insurance to more of the state's low-income citizens through a measure that could be a model for other conservative-leaning states as a compromise to implement President Barack Obama's signature health reform law.  http://news.yahoo.com/arkansas-lawmakers-approve-health-plan-seen-compromise-obama-163309082.html


Then there's the Arkansas Citizens First Congress, a progressive group dedicated to grassroots advocacy for working people, clean air, fair taxes and that sort of thing.

HUGE NEWS: HB1219 to authorize funds to expand health care to 250,000 Arkansans PASSED last night 28-7 (needed 75% majority or 27 votes to pass). Now the legislation will go to the Governor for signing. This is a huge win for all Arkansans!

This is truly an historic moment for Arkansas, and for the entire country. Many other states have had their eyes on us to see if the somewhat unconventional plan worked out between Governor Beebe and Sec. of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sibelius would work.
Our state has come out as a national leader in finding workable solutions to implement the Affordable Care Act and expand health insurance coverage to those who need it most!  http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2013/04/18/medicaid-expansion-two-views


Private option tough sell for Republicans by Andrew DeMillo, Jonesboro Sun.
LITTLE ROCK — For Arkansas Republicans elected on a vow to defeat the federal health-care overhaul, a proposal to expand subsidized insurance relying on a key part of that law has been far from an easy pitch.

Here comes the toughest sell yet: voters and activists who helped give the GOP control of the Legislature.

That hurdle is what’s keeping Arkansas from enacting something that seemed impossible just a few months ago — a compromise proposal to offer coverage to thousands of uninsured residents in a way that allows Republican supporters to cast themselves as still opposing “Obamacare.” http://www.jonesborosun.com/opinion/story.php?ID=36604


Arkansas OKs compromise plan to use federal Medicaid expansion funds for private insurance

Subsidizing the purchase of private insurance for low-income residents as opposed to adding them to the state’s Medicaid rolls was viewed by Republican backers of the plan as the most palatable response to President Barack Obama’s health care law a policy many GOP lawmakers campaigned against last fall as they won control of the state Legislature for the first time since Reconstruction.  Under the proposal, Arkansas would accept the money intended for Medicaid expansion under the federal health care law, but instead use it to buy private insurance for about 250,000 eligible low-income residents. Those individuals who earn up to 138 percent of the poverty line — or $15,415 per year — would purchase subsidized private insurance through the state’s insurance exchange. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/arkansas-oks-compromise-plan-to-use-federal-medicaid-expansion-funds-for-private-insurance/2013/04/17/55d11f7c-a7d4-11e2-9e1c-bb0fb0c2edd9_story.html


Max Brantley with Arkansas Times  April 19 Excerpts

Obamacare rules

What's that I say? The new Republican legislative majority, most of them elected on a platform of revulsion toward the president and Obamacare, voted to accept Obamacare? Yes they did, as many in the holdout group of 23 Republican opponents took pains to point out.

Though the measure couldn't pass without the 49 Democrat/Green votes, it looks for all the world like a Republican victory. Which it was. Democrats (and liberal columnists) were instructed to shut up, lest their enthusiasm discourage Republican votes. Gov. Mike Beebe agreed to anything that Republicans like Rep. John Burris and Speaker Davy Carter wanted.

Who'd have thought Davy Carter, and several other Republicans, would go into an election cycle claiming credit for an unprecedented expansion of a government entitlement program? I bet they won't call it Obamacare.

Davy Carter? It was a huge victory for the speaker, who used all the Democrats, Burris and a handful of Republicans to be elected speaker over the expected coronation of Rep. Terry Rice. His effective, determined leadership makes his rumored plans to run for governor all the more real. Use Obamacare against him? With 28 of 51 House Republicans on his side?.http://www.arktimes.com/arkansas/obamacare-rules/Content?oid=2807730


Washington Times:  CASSIDY: Three years of Obamacare hustling

Reportedly Arkansas, Ohio and maybe Texas are working to strike deals with the administration to give these people private insurance. Although it is tempting for states to enroll the newly eligible into private health plans rather than onto Medicaid, these governors must be mindful of the cost. Congressional Budget Office estimates suggest that private plans may cost 50 percent more than the Medicaid expansion in Obamacare.
Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/28/three-years-of-obamacare-hustling/#ixzz2QvQRvccU
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Any one of four things  should have been enough warning for any Republican to stand against this bill: 

Here's a map showing lists of states refusing Medicaid expansion. Arkansas joins the other "blue states" like California, Washington, and Massachusetts in participating.  Who knew we had so much in common with them?  Other valuable information at this map link as well.   (Thanks for Washington Tea Party for this find.) http://paindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/AHL-map.jpg