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Arkansas would lose $6B under proposed health bill, firm says

By Andy Davis

This article was published September 21, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

Funding gains and losses under new health care proposal

Arkansas would lose $6 billion in federal health care funding over seven years under legislation aimed at undoing much of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to estimates by a health care consulting firm.

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RBBrittain says... September 21, 2017 at 7:50 a.m.

"Flexibility" is a codeword for denying coverage because someone in government decided you're not worthy. The more the GOP attacks "Obamacare" the better Bernie Sanders' plan looks to the rest of us, because they keep destroying the basic assumptions that were supposed to keep ACA afloat. If the GOP doesn't want Sanders' plan, they better abandon their tired old "repeal and replace" mantra and figure out how to fix ACA; they keep proving "replace" means gut the system and make things even worse than before.

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hah406 says... September 21, 2017 at 7:58 a.m.

How can cutting six billion dollars in funding from the federal government not represent a cost shift to the states? This is a horrible bill, and it is not designed to do anything good for healthcare. It will again result in millions of people with no coverage at all, hospitals back in the red and closing due to uncompensated care, and no promise of affordable coverage for pre-existing conditions. Hutchinson's mantra now seems to be Make Arkansas Sick Again.

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WGT says... September 21, 2017 at 7:59 a.m.

This is the scope of intellect of republicans. A scourge on humanity. Vote these dip $h*+s out. This is reprehensible.

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RBear says... September 21, 2017 at 8:04 a.m.

No time for the CBO to score the proposal. States that worked to provide coverage to individuals would be penalized in deference to states who rejected expansion, leaving their residents without coverage. A fast track to get this done before Senate deadlines. Couple that with no budget and a host of other things that need addressing. This is about as reckless as they come. Yet Trump’s base will fall lock step behind it, even when they find out they lose coverage.

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dumblikeme says... September 21, 2017 at 8:28 a.m.

Thank God for grace, and thank politicians for the national deficit. With those two things, all of our debts are forgiven!

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ARTAXPAYER says... September 21, 2017 at 8:35 a.m.

Arkansas loses 6 billion but the governor supports the bill? Where is his loyalty, to the people of Arkansas or the republican party? I hope Arkansans remember this when he comes up for reelection. The Koch brothers have already bought Senator Cotton's vote and the Gov is right there with him.

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TimberTopper says... September 21, 2017 at 8:54 a.m.

Asa needs to resign if he sees that Arkansas looses 6 billion dollars in federal monies, and he thinks it is a good deal. He has lost his MIND!

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Delta2 says... September 21, 2017 at 9:07 a.m.

After being a reasonably responsible Governor thus far, Asa is really screwing the pooch on this one. I guess he knows he probably won't have any opposition with a pulse.

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Whippersnapper says... September 21, 2017 at 9:09 a.m.

So, the truth is that it is not a CUT in anything except "future growth." Liberals say "We are spending a billion dollars today, we want to spend two billion dollars tomorrow, if you say we can only spend $1.5 billion you are cutting spending by half a billion dollars you heartless scumbag!"
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The math is as follows: The ACA made promises, but couldn't authorize the spending for those promises (otherwise it would have had to get re-voted on after Kennedy's Republican replacement took office). This bill lowers the INCREASE in promised dollars and actually authorizes them to be spent. Democrats are furious because the growth is slowed, but it is still higher spending in 10 years than it is today.

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hah406 says... September 21, 2017 at 9:40 a.m.

Arkansas' funding for Medicaid and subsidies for private insurance during those years would be reduced by 11 percent, from about $54 billion to about $48 billion, the report indicates.
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Whippersnapper, enough with your Fox talking points. Less is less. 1st grade math. We have a thing called inflation. My costs to provide your care go up, your payment to me needs to go up as well. You paying me less does hot translate into the cost of care being lowered, it just means you are trying to screw me.

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