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Beebe: Optimistic Arkansas Medicaid bill will pass

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 24, 2014 at 12:29 p.m.


Gov. Mike Beebe speaks with Kaiser Health News Senior Correspondent Mary Agnes Carey (left) about Arkansas' private option plan to expand Medicaid at a media-only forum at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he remains hopeful the state's compromise Medicaid expansion will continue despite a stalemate in the Legislature over its future but warned dropping the program could lead to "severe and draconian" budget cuts.

Beebe said Monday that if the "private option" is defunded, other states shouldn't take it as a signal that the Arkansas program using Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the poor was a bad or flawed idea. Arkansas was the first state to win federal approval for such a plan, an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health law.

The governor made his comments Monday at an event in Washington.

The Arkansas House is expected to vote on the legislation again Tuesday.

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GWayne says... February 24, 2014 at 4:53 p.m.

As a Father of Children born with life health issues and grandchild with blood cancer the medicaid system helped a lot- the problem is after 21 they are not covered any more. So they are left to just do without. This would help our health care providers,hospitals, and most of all low income Working people. PLEASE House pass it, you will be doing a Compassionate and wise choice for the people of your state Arkansas. Down the line God will Bless you for it!.

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NoCrossNoCrown says... February 24, 2014 at 7:36 p.m.

We have a group of elected persons who have lied themselves into office solely on the strength of opposing anything that may help the people of Arkansas but can be tied in anyway to the AHC. It does not matter if elderly or the vast number of poor are hurt by their inaction, they are afraid to even be accused of supporting the presidents health care plan. The people will continue to be hurt by these people because they will need the money from out of state special interest groups and if they have to hurt us to keep their seat and power, they will and are......

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Dontcallmenames says... February 25, 2014 at 8:53 a.m.

Please leave God out of this. Each of us is called to help others, whether elderly or poor or widows or orphans, but to let the government run all the "helping" has been disaster. The government has had 50 years to fight the war on poverty and it is still losing. For people of the same mindset to fight a war on insurance, will be no better, probably worse. It's time for solutions WITHOUT government but using principles of cleared outlined in the Bible. Stopping this nonsensical bill is the first step.

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nwar says... February 25, 2014 at 9:08 a.m.

If we didn't need the government to step up and do the right thing, then we wouldn't have these tens of thousands of Arkansans in desperate need of health care. But we do. And "charity" can't fix this. If you want "free-market capitalism" to make our health care system unaffordable for average folks, then you better get used to government programs to help them buy it. And if you really don't care what happens to these folks and don't care about their suffering, then please don't play the big Christian.

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Packman says... February 25, 2014 at 9:20 a.m.

Damn Republicans have no compassion for nobody. They throw old people out of nursing homes. They let little kids starve. They spit on people in wheelchairs. They pull the wings off butterflies. Republicans are truly terrible people. Show some compassion for once in your miserable lives, you mean old Republicans, and get this mess passed so you can keep using other people's money to pay MY bills.

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