MASSIVE COSTS FOR THE OBAMACARE PRIVATE OPTION
Soon Arkansas will have to pay 10% of cost of the Obamacare Private Option, and we don’t have the money. ARKANSAS IS NOT EVEN REIMBURSING COUNTIES FOR HOUSING STATE INMATES!
To keep the Obamacare Private Option, what taxes do they want to raise? What vital Arkansas programs do they want to end or cripple in order to have enough money to pay for the Private Option?
THE “HOSPITAL ARGUMENT”
Some say you can’t end the Obamacare Private Option because it is a source of income for hospitals. The problem for hospitals is that Obamacare steals from MEDICARE by reducing reimbursement to hospitals. Bo Ryall, Arkansas Hospital Association Chief Executive Officer, said: “The private option is in no way going to back-fill those Medicare numbers — those reductions — or back-fill the uncompensated care.”1
To address the real problem, Arkansas must work with other states and the new Congress to demand that the federal government reimburse hospitals fairly for serving MEDICARE patients. The answer is NOT to bleed Arkansas dry.
About 3/4ths of those eligible for the Private Option are able bodied working age people with no children – not “working families”.2 The Obamacare Private Option doesn’t even let Arkansas enact incentives for those who can work but who don’t. Many enrollees will still qualify for federal assistance under an exchange.
Nearly half the states have told Obama “NO” to Medicaid Expansion. Arkansas needs to join them because we cannot afford Medicaid Expansion (the Obamacare Private Option).
EVERY DEMOCRAT STATE LEGISLATOR VOTED
“FOR” THE OBAMACARE PRIVATE OPTION.
YOU HAVE A CHOICE ON NOVEMBER 4TH
Obamacare Democrats listed in BLUE
District 19: Rep. James McLean [D] VS.Linda Collins-Smith [R]
District 20: Sen. Robert Thompson [D] VS. Blake Johnson [R]
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
District 4: Rep. Fonda Hawthorne [D] VS. DeAnn Vaught [R]
District 9: Rep Sheilla E. Lampkin [D] VS. Sonya Leggett-Ryburn [R]
District 10: Rep. Mike Holcomb [D] VS. Patricia Mays [R]
District 26: Rep. David Kizzia [D] VS. Laurie Rushing [R]
District 38: Rep. Patti Julian [D] VS. Donnie Copeland [R]
District 53: Rep. Homer Lenderman [D] VS. Dan Sullivan [R]
District 54: Rep. Wes Wagner [D] VS. Dave Wallace [R]
District 57: Rep. Mary Broadaway [D] VS. Ronnie Spence [R]
District 58: Rep. Harold Copenhaver [D] VS. Brandt Smith [R]
District 60: Rep. James Ratliff [D] VS. Blaine Davis [R]
District 61: Rep. Scott Baltz [D] VS. Doug Driesel [R]
District 62: Rep. Tommy Wren [D] VS. Michelle Gray [R]
District 65: Rep Tommy Thompson [D] VS. Rick Beck [R]
District 72: Rep. Steve Magie [D] VS. Shannon Taylor [R]
District 73: Rep. John Catlett [D] VS. Mary Bentley [R]
1.Private-option plan lifts hospitals, legislators told, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 05/16/20