House Speaker Robert Moore took questions from the press after today’s House session. He reiterated his desire to conclude business by April 1. Notable quotes: Moore said the legislature should go ahead and pass legislation to set up the health care exchange that will be required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. A bill designed to do just that failed in the House Insurance and Commerce Committee this morning. Moore said he expects the bill to come up again.
“As I understood, it failed by one vote. I think it’s something that we may see again, another attempt by the committee to get it out. Most people that I’ve talked to believe that it is our obligation — whether you like the law or not — to set in place the legal mechanics so that we can run the health care exchange here in the state rather than abdicate that to the federal government. I’m sort of on the side of believing that we should go ahead and pass the legislation to implement the exchange then if the federal law is deemed unconstitutional it goes away. I just think we better be prepared for the case that it is upheld.”
When asked about Gov. Mike Beebe’s comments regarding the likelihood that the Revenue Stabilization Act would come out on Monday, Moore said, “We’ve got a lot of work to do this weekend, but that’s the intent.” Next week will be a busy one at the Capitol.