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155,000 Arkansans signed up for 'private option' program, officials say

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 21, 2014 at 3:48 p.m.

Arkansas officials say nearly 70 percent of those eligible have signed up for health coverage under the state's compromise Medicaid expansion program.

The Department of Human Services said Monday that 155,567 people have applied and been determined eligible for the state's "private option" program, which uses federal Medicaid funds to purchase private health insurance for the poor. The department estimates that 225,000 Arkansans qualify for the program that was approved last year as an alternative to the Medicaid expansion envisioned under the federal health care law.

The department said 64 percent of Arkansans in the program are between the ages of 19 and 44.

The Arkansas Legislature reauthorized the private option for another year last month, despite efforts by opponents to block funding for the program.

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ArkansasHawk says... April 21, 2014 at 4:37 p.m.

Yep, I guess that Affordable Health Care is a flop after all.....To bad both parties in Washington DC couldn't work together to get something even better than what was passed.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... April 21, 2014 at 5 p.m.

How many had insurance before they lost their insurance and dumped onto the State?

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Packman says... April 21, 2014 at 9:05 p.m.

@ArkansasHawk - "The department said 64 percent of Arkansans in the program are between the ages of 19 and 44." So, 100,000 Arkansans of prime working age are on the government teat allowing someone else to work and pay their bills. This is the essence and shameful goal of Obamacare. Are you Democrats ashamed yet?

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carpenterretired says... April 21, 2014 at 9:43 p.m.

Some people would benefit if they turned off fox news long enough to read the gospel of matthew and pay attention to the content.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... April 21, 2014 at 9:49 p.m.

Whats the Gospel of Matthew have to do with it?

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djigoo says... April 21, 2014 at 10:13 p.m.

Bad Secret Muslim Socialist!

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Packman says... April 21, 2014 at 10:16 p.m.

Sooner or later, they WILL run out of other people's money.

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Whippersnapper says... April 22, 2014 at 9:22 a.m.

What they fail to mention is that roughly half of these folks didn't choose to participate. They were automatically enrolled by state government employees who have a vested interest in growing state government.

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Hey carpenterretired, some folks would do well if they read Matthew, and make sure not to skip parts they don't like as they go, where we learn that what you as an individual do matters greatly. Also please note that in Matthew we are given individual responsibility, NOT collectivist responsibility - I have no more right to expect the government to perform my duties to my fellow man than you have to expect your fellow man to do it for you.
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I know, let's look at what Jesus said about giving to the poor and tooting your own horn about it (as the Democrats and big government folk do all the time):
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“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you."
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Yes indeed, making a big show of being the one helping the poor (i.e. using the claim that you are helping the poor to get re-elected) is surely in line with what Jesus said here, isn't it? (that's Matthew 6:1-4, by the way - read Matthew indeed). Matthew 6 goes on to point out that we should look to our heavenly Father to provide for our needs, not our dear uncle Sam. Maybe you missed that part as well. Of course, in Matthew 9 Jesus points out that sin is a bigger problem than our mere human needs (specifically dealing with a healthcare issue in that incident), but you probably would rather we talk about handing out free food and abortion pills than admonishing people to abstain from sin, wouldn't you? Matthew 10 tells us that every little thing we do in the name of a disciple will earn rewards. It doesn't say a word about the things we do in the name of big government.
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We could keep going through the book of Matthew if you'd like, and you will find that there is not one verse in there that supports big government social welfare programs. There are lots of verses about individuallly choosing to help your fellow man, but nothing about abdicating your responsibilities to the government.

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