Here’s an early look (on the jump) at Ernest Dumas’ column this week. It explains the utter senselessness of the current Republican legislative fight to prevent Arkansas from operating insurance exchanges under the new federal health care law. Do Republicans really want Washington, rather than Arkansas, regulating the insurance industry in Arkansas? Do they really want our rates to be higher because rates will then have to mirror the national experience, not the state’s lower costs?

Blind Republican partisanship dictates that the nonsensical answers to these questions are “yes” in the current battle, due for another round in committee Wednesday.

I don’t expect any Republicans to retreat from the kill-health-care-for-all-at-any-cost campaign on account of facts or common sense. But perhaps some of the wobbly Democrats might see it differently with a little education.

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