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Arkansas officials used "questionable" assumptions when they estimated that expanding Medicaid through the so-called private option wouldn't cost more than expanding the traditional Medicaid program, a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found.

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  • CFSmith
    September 9, 2014 at 7:23 a.m.

    "One of the reasons why a large-scale premium assistance effort has never been attempted is because of quite frankly some of the logic and methodology that you're seeing" - what the heck does this even mean? Polititalk is what it sounds like.

  • JIMBOB47
    September 9, 2014 at 7:45 a.m.

    More gibberish for what we already knew - socialism will will destroy our country - you can't keep spending other people's money when there isn't any!

  • Molly44
    September 9, 2014 at 8:54 a.m.

    Universal healthcare will not destroy our country. It hasn't destroyed France's, England's, Finland's, Ireland's, Canada's, Italy's, Denmark's, Germany's, Spain's, Iceland's, Greece's, Norway's, Sweden's, the Netherland's, Austria's, Australia's, New Zealands,.....

    There's plenty of money. You are thinking about you and your friends not having money.

    Instead of billions being spent in creating jobs by starting businesses, a lot of it's going into campaign coffers, lobbying, Karl Rove and Koch type PACS, and other advertising. Over $1.16 billion has been raised and that is only for the U.S. House and Senate candidates. Another $1.2 billion have gone into PACs.

  • Ragmop
    September 9, 2014 at 9:28 a.m.

    And in summation; Blah blah blah blah.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    September 9, 2014 at 9:33 a.m.

    jimbob47 ....... The Scandinavian countries have universal healthcare are competitive in the world of business and are a more happy and contented middle class of people than the US. They have a much larger middle class as a percentage than does the US. Is it because we have a form of "cutthroat capitalism" and they have a form of "cuddly capitalism. If you want to read the pro/con article about it go here. But, notice the labor graph, it is interesting that the decline of labor started with Ronnie RayGun and trickle down economics. Bush I called it voodoo economics, maybe he was right?
    Link:
    ht tp://opinionator.blogs.nytimes . com/2013/05/29/why-cant-america-be-sweden/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

  • Slak
    September 9, 2014 at 9:55 a.m.

    If the European Social Democracies actually paid for their own national defense, they would not be ranking so high. If we only spent the same % on defense as them, we would outrank them - without all the free candy.
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    The European Social Democracies which rank higher than the USA on these economic scorecards are mostly homogeneous cultures with very strict and ENFORCED immigration laws. It is nearly impossible for an average person to be naturalized into any of the successful Scandinavian or Dutch nations. They know their free candy will get ate up. Our proglibs seem to think there is an endless supply of free candy.

  • strick9
    September 9, 2014 at 10:14 a.m.

    One of my sons works for a British company. He says that the company provides its employees who work in Britain with private health insurance so they can get better, more timely health care than is available from the government-run national health care system.

  • Packman
    September 9, 2014 at 10:21 a.m.

    Can anyone with even a smidgen of intelligence declare Obamacare anything other than one big cluster!@#$? The law is so convoluted and ill-designed NOBODY really knows anything about it, other than it's an abysmal failure - 40 - 50 million people without health insurance before Obamacare, 30 - 40 million people STILL without health insurance and all of promises made now being proven as lies (you can keep your plan, you can keep your doctor, average family will save $2,500/yr, fewer visits to the ER, etc., etc., etc.). Are you democrats ashamed yet?
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    Hey Molly - You have nobody to blame for the US not having universal care except BH Obama and all the useful idiots that voted him into office. Obama had the votes for universal care, he just didn't have the guts.
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    Hey FSM - Alas, will you ever understand that correlation and causation are entirely different matters? Of those Scandinavian countries you mention, tell us which ones experienced court ordered social engineering that ultimately resulted in a generational welfare state of institutionalized government dependency?

  • drs01
    September 9, 2014 at 12:31 p.m.

    Soooooo....Obamacare ain't what it was cracked up to be......That's about as news-worthy as Obama's golf handicap. We knew it was a cluster-f@#@ when only the democrats voted for it and many including Pelosi never read the bill. So this news article qualifies for the B-O-H-I-C-A award.

  • Slak
    September 9, 2014 at 12:32 p.m.

    Well, Pack. These Scandinavian countries voted this stuff in for themselves. They weren't forced by some court order. They are all cousins, so to speak. They have no trouble sharing amongst the other Nordic stereo-types. They severely restrict and enforce immigration, least non-Nordics eat up all the free candy. It would sorely PO a bunch of Vikings if foreigners were sucking up the universal healthcare.

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