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Arkansas governor sees flawed strategy on health repeal; he calls for fixes as subsidy’s end will hit 4,000

By Andy Davis

This article was published October 18, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson talks Tuesday in his office about how President Donald Trump’s decision to end a subsidy for insurance companies will affect Arkansas Works.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday that President Donald Trump's decision to end a subsidy for insurance companies won't increase the cost of the state's expanded Medicaid program, known as Arkansas Works, but will hurt about 4,000 people who are in unsubsidized plans offered through the state's insurance exchange.

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RBear says... October 18, 2017 at 6:13 a.m.

At least Hutchinson is reasonable about his approach to providing affordable health care coverage to Arkansans. The problem is he's dealing with Republicans in Washington who don't really care and are just doing anything to get rid of the ACA without a sound replacement. Republicans have chanted for 7 years to repeal the ACA, all the while never really thinking about how to replace it. It shows how irresponsible Republicans are at governing our country.

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Whippersnapper says... October 18, 2017 at 6:40 a.m.

Replace is not necessary for repeal. You don't repeal a dumpster fire and replace it with a tire fire, you repeal a dumpster fire and replace it with no fire.
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The thing folks forget is that the aca actually included a provision that says if the insurance is too expensive, the individual mandate no longer applies. I read an article recently that said this might actually be the case in portions of several states after these changes. Interesting...

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RBear says... October 18, 2017 at 7:27 a.m.

Ah, good old Whipper. A part of the regressive generation that just can't seem to move forward to a better America for all.

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Whippersnapper says... October 18, 2017 at 9:04 a.m.

I oppose any and every attempt at forced government re-distribution, by any and every generation. You call forced government re-distribution of resources "better" and I call it worse. That is the fundamental difference between the two of us, and I will proudly acknowledge that. I advocate VOLUNTARY re-distribution by folks like me who want to do it (and do it to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars per year), but I don't feel it is my right or yours to use the authority of the government to FORCE others to re-distribute their resources (which the government also does to me to the tune of tens of thousands of more dollars per year).

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WhododueDiligence says... October 18, 2017 at 9:11 a.m.

"Replace is not necessary for repeal. You don't repeal a dumpster fire and replace it with a tire fire, you repeal a dumpster fire and replace it with no fire."
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To Republicans, statements like that sound about right. Cries of "death panels" and "don't pull the plug on grandma" sounded about right too. Republicans have consistently demonstrated that if it sounds about right, that's all there is too it. 'Nuff said. Case closed. End of story. NEXT!
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Meanwhile, fires happen in the real world. Burns happen. Smoke inhalation happens. Infections and other complications happen. Injuries happen to fire fighters. Burn victims are admitted to burn units and intensive care units. Treatment of burn injuries is extremely expensive. It's not unusual for the medical treatment of a single burn victim to cost several million dollars. Who pays those costs for treating burn victims who have no health insurance? We all do.

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PopulistMom says... October 18, 2017 at 10:45 a.m.

Whipper,

The real forced redistribution is when government contracts and benefits go to the 1%, and the extreme wealthy pay a lower percentage of taxes than the poor. What about the forced redistribution of the poor black men who died in a higher percentage in Vietnam while Trump stayed at home and played tennis at the country club? While I am a progressive, I still have my conservative streak and do not want a country where so many people are living on the dole while addicted to drugs. However, I want people to have the dignity of healthcare, and I want a populace which is healthy enough to work.

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Whippersnapper says... October 18, 2017 at 11:05 a.m.

Pop,
The answer to re-distribution issues is to end re-distribution, NOT to pick and choose different re-distributive priorities.

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gohogs17 says... October 18, 2017 at 4:56 p.m.

Guess our state taxes will have to go up!

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LR1955 says... October 19, 2017 at 6:08 a.m.

(1) During the election, trump promised the ACA would not go away until there was a better replacement, that no American would be left hanging. Now it appears like that election promise is going down the tubes.
(2) There was a recent article about UCA in Conway. Their employee's health coverage was going up. But not by much, and their current costs are very reasonable & affordable. It came out that UCA is self insured. Perhaps if Arkansas (and the federal gov) could offer that as a workable option, the insurance industry would respond to the competition with affordable rates.

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