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The fight over Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion may be over in the Legislature, but it's now spilling over into a number of Republican primaries this spring.

GOP candidates who supported the private option plan to use federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the poor are now facing friendly fire from within the party as they near the May 20 primary. The fight is spilling over into races that have nothing to do with the "private option" or health care, including the primaries for state treasurer and auditor.

Private option opponents are casting the program as no different than the federal health law Republicans have derided as "Obamacare." Supporters say that attack line is misleading and ignores efforts to reign in Medicaid's costs that are included in the program.

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  • Goad
    March 15, 2014 at 6:12 p.m.

    Throw out those Republicans who voted to take federal money to pay for healthcare. They should keep it to start another war in Middle East or wherever. Good for corporate profits plus kill off the poor people who are the only ones volunteering to fight. That away, they don't need healthcare if they die in Iraq. Those who survive can die outside the ER.

  • aimee
    March 15, 2014 at 9:51 p.m.

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  • aimee
    March 15, 2014 at 10:22 p.m.

    Republicans really didn't think that one out, now did they..???