Costs of AR No Expansion on Medicaid About Half of Other Two Choices -

 Dept of Human Services Graph


To GOP Legislators:


I understand Arkansas legislators heard a two-hour presentation at the House yesterday. Oh, that people back home could have the same opportunity.  We are fortunate to get two minutes of your time.  I am sure legislators in Washington heard similar presentations before they voted for the stimulus bill and the bailout bill and voted for all those other things at which people back home shook their heads in disbelief.  Ask any lawyer or anyone who ever sat on a jury:   Hear one side of the story, and it looks like a slam dunk case; hear the other side and you realize it was not as it appeared at all. Please delay this vote another year and give the people back home time to give their points on the issue. The tactic that has always worked with the Republicans is the scare tactic.  Please don't succumb to that this year. You will also be cutting the rug out from under our next GOP Governor candidate - and Senator candidate to defeat Pryor because the candidate's main point would be Pryor voted for Obamacare; but if state Republicans vote for it, they won't have that plank to stand on.

According to Arkansas Department of Human Services graph at this link you can see that the No Expansion (legislature do nothing on Obamacare) will cost about half what the private option would cost over the next ten years (the private option is the one the LEADERS of the Republican party & Beebe are pushing with SB1020 and HB1143) and about half what the traditional Medicaid program would cost. These are close to the figures that Nick Horton with Arkansas Project has been using and the ones I used in a former email.   On their bar graph the Private option and the traditional Medicaid expansion (Obama's plan) run almost neck and neck for every year through 2023 with the Private Option being only slightly less every year.    It seems that our leaders are also forgetting that the federal money is not free money; it comes out of our pockets as well. 

According to an article in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, "The federal government has offered to pay the health-care costs for the estimated 250,000 eligible Arkansans until 2017. By 2020, the state would take on 10 percent of the cost of health care for this new population. There would still be some expense to the state in the first three years because the federal offer does not cover administrative costs. Arkansas legislators are weighing three options, all of which will cost the state something. They can help 250,000 poor Arkansans purchase private health insurance, expand the traditional Medicaid program, or do nothing."  (Title of article "Medicaid options: What the state would pay"

Posted April 9, 2013

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