If Gov. Asa Hutchinson decides today to remove managed care for some Medicaid programs off the special session agenda this week, I have one question:

Why have a session at all?


I know. They will vote on his rebranded version of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. But it’s mostly a show vote. The real vote on that measure comes in the fiscal session on the appropriation bill, which traditionally has required a 75 percent vote. Nobody ever thought they lacked a majority vote on the outlines of the “Arkansas Works” version of Obamacare. It has been reliably supported by a majority of the legislature, with unanimous Democrats being the bedrock. It was always the bitter-enders on the Pluto-right of the Republican Party that made the appropriation passage a hard fight.