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State Senate President Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux of Russellville and Sen. David Sanders of Little Rock, prominent Republican champions of the private-option form of Medicaid expansion, were literally begging.

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Editorial, Pages 15 on 02/20/2014

Print Headline: To win a vote


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  • Whippersnapper
    February 20, 2014 at 9:37 a.m.

    Hey John, let's not forget that the architects of the private option said last fall that if the 75 votes were not there, they would offer a clean medicaid bill without it. I guess they are as truthful as they are smart.
    "I am not going to put any of you in a corner and say either we vote for expansion or we shut down Medicaid. That’s a very immature argument and it’s not one that I am going to make. If 75 people don’t pass it, then we will do what we need to do to take it out and pass the appropriation to fund DHS as it exists today." - John Burris, September 2013
    “I have no interest in turning the DHS budget into an all or nothing political game. If the DHS appropriation cannot attain the needed votes with the private option included, then it will be pulled, amended, and voted separately” - Joonathan Dismang, September 2013
    Those statements were made in response to folks who did not want to support the private option but agreed to do so because they were assured it (as a separate entity) would have an "annual circuit breaker" through the 75% appropriations process. So, either the supporters lied back then when they made promises to get initial support, or they ought to live up to their word and allow a separate vote on the non-Private Option portion of the budget.
    I know, it's not really fair to hold a politician to the words they actually said, right?

  • Delta2
    February 20, 2014 at 3:05 p.m.

    I support the private option plan, but I like English's additions. To me it dovetails nicely, a helping hand with a plan to get impoverished people out of their current situation.

    Sir, is there some reason you are not more active on your blog about this?

  • johnnyray1004sbcglobalnet
    February 20, 2014 at 4:38 p.m.

    Blogging gets in the way of my paying job, which is columns.

  • GrimReaper
    February 20, 2014 at 5:21 p.m.

    Yeah, Brummy gets much better exposure for his Democrat propaganda screeds through the newspaper.

  • Whippersnapper
    February 21, 2014 at 10:07 a.m.

    John, you aren't going to call these folks out for going back on their word? I thought you loved to see politicians held accountable for their promises. Now that their promise would get in the way of your pet genda, you don't care about it? That's ethical behavior right there.