Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who’d been quietly objecting to the devastation that the now-dead Senate legislation would have done to his budget and, incidentally, people on Medicaid, issued this statement today following
“My goal in recent weeks has been to help shape the national health-care debate on a repeal of Obamacare that is accompanied by a replacement bill that allows states like Arkansas to continue its reform efforts; assures access to affordable health-care coverage; and reduces the escalating costs of Medicaid in the future. As part of that debate, I have consistently said it is important to know where we are going with a replacement bill at the same time we repeal. Now it has been announced that the Senate bill does not have the votes. I look forward to discussing any future action with both Senator Boozman and Senator Cotton. They have provided significant help in getting changes in the Senate bill that are more favorable to Arkansas, and I am grateful for their support.
“Leaders from all parties agree that our nation’s current health-care system is clearly not working, and it is incumbent on us, as leaders, to find solutions to improve it. Democrats must join Republicans at the table and work to accomplish a solution to support sustainable health care in our nation. Governors, including myself, stand ready to partner with our colleagues in Congress in this effort.”
Health care system is working fine in Arkansas. Funny that he’d credit two members of the Republican witness protection program, Sens. Tom Cotton and John Boozman for getting things for Arkansas. They’ve been MIA. And today, both say they favor a repeal now and to worry about a replacement after the 2018 election. If I read the governor right, he’s still saying repeal ought to come with a suitable replacement. Just how much has he really been talking with the senators? They apparently didn’t receive the message.