While Maintaining State Paid for Health Care for Republican Legislators
Not so fast.
House failed Tuesday to renew the state’s compromise Medicaid expansion plan, leaving in limbo a program
heralded as a model for Republican-leaning states to implement the federal
health overhaul. The 100-member chamber fell five votes short of the 75 needed
to reauthorize the “private option,” in which the state is using federal
Medicaid funds to buy private insurance for 87,000 low-income residents. The
program was approved last year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid
enrollment under the federal health law. Arkansas
Here is the rationale of Republicans who are stopping this.
Majority Leader Bruce Westerman, however, said the vote would allow the state to show its opposition to the Affordable Care Act.
Bruce could not be reached for further comment because he was busy utilizing his state supported health care.