Two Quotes from the Poll Follow:
"Because there is so much disagreement among experts on
the costs of expanding Medicaid, we shouldn’t rush into any expansion until we
have a better handle on the financial consequences.
Very Convincing 51%
Not very convincing
Unsure 3%" http://www.advancearkansas.org/storage/Arkansas%20Medicaid%20Expansion%20Survey%20Topline%20Results%20040413.pdf
" As you may know,
Medicaid is currently and will continue to be jointly funded by the state of
Arkansas and the federal government. According to the Congressional Budget
office, Medicaid expansion under the Obamacare Plan is estimated to cost $6,000
per enrollee. The "private option plan" is estimated to cost $3,000 more
per enrollee through the Obamacare plan for a total cost of $9,000 per enrollee.
Knowing this would you be more likely to support expansion of Medicaid
under the Obamacare plan or the "Private" option plan?
Support Obamacare plans
Support expansion under
"private option plan 28%"
Who Knows What Figures Are Right or How They Will Change? There is no
way for the Arkansas voter nor the legislators to know? So shouldn't we
delay the vote until another year and not become a model for the nation. I
understand Republican leaders are saying these figures on the "private option"
don't include impact statements, but isn't that just someone's speculation?
Have impact statements been done on the other figures? And how much political
bias is included in any of the figures?
Citizens see this much
like the rush on the stimulus bill and the bailout in Washington. Republicans
refused to listen to people back home, and we have seen how wasted the money has
been. People back home can think straight because they are not feeling the
pressure the legislators are under and are not subject to the persuasive
arguments that abound at the capitol.
Posted April 8, 2013