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Beebe: Don’t delay Medicaid vote until next year

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 11, 2013 at 1:54 p.m.

— Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he’s opposed to delaying a vote on expanding Medicaid’s eligibility until next year’s session, but says he won’t rush lawmakers on when to consider the issue.

Beebe told reporters Monday that he wants lawmakers to vote on the Medicaid expansion during this year’s session rather than wait until next year. The House and Senate convene next year for a session focused primarily on the state’s budget, and some legislators have suggested the expansion vote can wait until then.

Beebe is a Democrat who supports expansion, but has faced resistance from the Republican-led House and Senate. He told the Arkansas County Judges Association that he faces an uphill fight in getting the three-fourths vote needed for expansion to pass.

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Jackabbott says... February 11, 2013 at 3:18 p.m.

What is the rush. Beebe will be gone when the bills comes due. Lege should take its time and carefully examine the pluses and minuses. This is a big committment for state revenues far into the futrue. See what Obama plans for immigration and amnesty and who will be covered. He is talking about adding over 12 million new citizens, that is bigger than 4 states the size of Arkansas, Someone is going to have to pick up the tab for these people and it ain't gonna be him and Beebe.

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aimee says... February 11, 2013 at 4:08 p.m.

Republicans are constantly DELAYING what they know is their responsibility... It is their DUTY to see that this law is carried out at the state level... Putting it off will only give them another excuse - to say that they didn't have the TIME to get this done...!!!
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And it is Arkansas's fault if they have 4 times the number of uninsured.. Where was the carrot/stick for employers to provide healthcare for there workers... Per usual....too little, too late..!!!

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T6 says... February 11, 2013 at 4:29 p.m.

Oops! Let me fix that for ya, Aimee. Not there but their

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... February 11, 2013 at 4:47 p.m.

Good post Jackabbott.

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Whippersnapper says... February 13, 2013 at 1:47 p.m.

aimee says.
"Republicans are constantly DELAYING what they know is their responsibility... It is their DUTY to see that this law is carried out at the state level"
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No, their DUTY is to serve the people of Arkansas. They swear the following oath:
"I, ________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United
States and the Constitution of the State of Arkansas, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of ________, upon which I am now about to enter."
Which part requires them to expand medicaid? None of it. The Supreme Court has ruled that they CAN expand medicaid under the U.S. constitution, but there is nothing in the laws or the constitution that requires them to do so.

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