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Health-care bill voted down in committee

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 25, 2011 at 11:58 a.m.

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State Rep. David Meeks, R-Conway, before the House Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor on Tuesday to present HB1053.

A legislative committee has blocked an attempt to reject a key portion of the federal health care overhaul.

The House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee on Tuesday voted down a proposal by Republican Rep. David Meeks of Conway that would ban any law requiring Arkansans to buy health insurance.

Meeks says he’s surprised the measure didn’t get through the committee. He says he’s not sure what he’ll do next.

An assistant Attorney General and the state surgeon general spoke against the bill saying that it would all but guarantee that the state would be sued.

The proposal came up in the Arkansas Legislature less than a week after Republicans in Congress cast a largely symbolic vote to repeal the federal health care law.

In other news, a proposal to allow Arkansans to receive their vehicle renewal notifications by e-mail is heading to the state House of Representatives for a vote.

The House Public Transportation Committee on Tuesday advanced a bill by Democratic Rep. Kathy Webb of Little Rock that would allow Arkansans to choose to receive notices by e-mail, rather than through regular mail. Vehicle owners currently have the option to renew their registration online.

Webb said that nearly 300,000 Arkansas renewed their vehicle registrations online last year. The state would save $100,000 if that many people received their renewal notices by e-mail, she said.

The proposal now heads to the full House for a vote.

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whitehsetter says... January 25, 2011 at 1:09 p.m.

Why does the assistant Attorney General and State Surgeon General grow some. Join the 25 states or more that has filed a law suit against the federal government for over reaching its authority. Like to take a guess at what party affiliation these two represent?

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aimee says... January 25, 2011 at 1:20 p.m.

500,000 Arkansans have NO health insurance... Take that fact and smoke it..!!!

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Randy822 says... January 25, 2011 at 1:29 p.m.

From all that I have read which is a great deal, I find it hard to believe that the part of Obamacare that requires everyone to purchase health insurance will be constitutional. Obamacare frightens the heck out of me and I do not frighten easily!

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Jjackk says... January 25, 2011 at 1:29 p.m.

So lets have a law that requires them to buy their own insurance? Oh wait that takes away their liberty and freedom running up bills that someone else has to pay for.

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twkmaster says... January 25, 2011 at 2:05 p.m.

@Whitesetter
McDanial is an Obama bot - trust me, he and probably weasel Beebe exerted some pressure in select places to kick the proposal out. Don't expect Arkansas to step out of the dark ages until we get someone other than a hard core Dem. in power. This state is in lock down/lock step with Obama's policies regardless of what we the people want.

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lazybar says... January 25, 2011 at 2:12 p.m.

let them die in the streets if they don`t have insurance,then we can hock thier cell phones,ipods,xbox`s,and silvers to pay off the unpaid bills.

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aimee says... January 25, 2011 at 3:52 p.m.

lazybar:

If people DON'T have insurance, then WE, the taxpayers, will have to foot the bill for their sickness, injury, etc... The only way to guarantee that this will not happen is to make buying health care insurance mandatory... Then people will HAVE to insure THEMSELVES..!!!

It works on the same theory as forcing people to buy liability insurance on their automobiles... They may have the option of NOT owning a car and avoid buying auto insurance, but no one can opt out of having a BODY and at some point that body WILL get sick, injured, etc. and need medical care... When this happens they will have health care insurance to pay their own medical bills rather than passing them on to us taxpayers...

If you have a car that you drive, you are REQUIRED to buy liability auto insurance to protect the person you hit from paying for damage that they incurred because of you... If you have a body that can get sick or injured, you are REQUIRED to buy health care insurance to protect people from paying for medical expenses incurred by you...

Plain and simple...

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JIMBOB47 says... January 25, 2011 at 4:06 p.m.

aimee - I think you missed the fine print in the bill. In the event you don't have the funds to purchase health insurance, the gov't will take care of it for you - same as it is now except the gov't will be 'buying' insurance from itself. Now, think about that a little. If 30 million (or more) need insurance and can't pay, what's that cost versus how many of those 30 million seek treatment on any kind of regular basis - emergency or otherwise. Either way, the Feds are into spending YOUR dollar.

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lazybar says... January 25, 2011 at 4:16 p.m.

aimee first i doubt you pay taxes and if you did they are no where near what i do.second if we don`t treat them then they die and the only bill will be to bury them.
you are not required to have auto insurance unless you drive.plain and simple to bad your to dim to see the bright lights.
again your have a big heart with compassion and you want to share the world but the world is not yours to share.

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aimee says... January 25, 2011 at 4:36 p.m.

JIMBO47:

That was due to the Republican's effort to keep private insurance companies in the loop... Their premiums are much higher with all the profit they have to make and bonuses they pass out... With a public option we would have Medicare-For-All and I assure that no one gets Medicare paid for them...

"Medicare is funded by the Social Security Administration. Which means it's funded by taxpayers: We all pay 1.45% of our earnings into FICA - Federal Insurance Contributions Act, if you're into deciphering acronyms - which go toward Medicare. Employers pay another 1.45%, bringing the total to 2.9%. (If you're self-employed, you must cough up the entire 2.9%.) The Medicare deduction on your paycheck might say FICA-HI. The HI refers to Health Insurance, and it's your premium cost for all Medicare coverage."

So, MY Medicare was paid for by ME while I was working, by my employer in lieu of a raise he would have been able to pay ME, and by MY monthly premiums now that I am retired...

I think the "public option" (Medicare-For-All) was the best plan (77% or more than 3 out of every 4 Americans agrees) but the Republicans won the day with our tax dollars going to the already wealthy insurance companies... The "public option" would have given us more bang-for-our-buck and I am hopeful it will eventually find its way onto the new exchanges in 2014...

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