GAO: Arkansas Will Likely Waste a Lot of Taxpayer Money on Medicaid ‘Private Option’

By: Tuesday September 9, 2014 9:45 am

After the Supreme Court made taking part in the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion optional the White House has really bent over backwards trying to convince red states to sign on. They only succeeded in Arkansas after they agreed to let the state expand Medicaid by putting most new people on private insurance in the [...]

Arkansas Legislature Gives Final Approval for “Private Option” Medicaid Expansion

By: Thursday April 18, 2013 1:08 pm

Late Wednesday the Arkansas legislature gave final approval to a bill that would expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The bill now heads to Gov. Mike Beebe (D) who plans to sign it. What makes this bill special is that Arkansas’s plans to expand Medicaid using a so-called “private option.” Instead of putting people [...]

Arkansas’ Dubious Logic Regarding Their Medicaid Expansion Plan

By: Thursday March 21, 2013 11:17 am

Arkansas is currently trying to pursue a novel path for expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. They want to take the money and instead use it to get its population to buy private insurance on the new Obamacare exchange. It has been dubbed the “Private option.” The one big problem with this plan is [...]

Plurality in Arkansas Don’t Want Medicaid to be Expanded

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 8:07 am

Since the Supreme Court ruled that the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act is voluntary for states, several Republican state governors have made it clear they will not take part. Many liberals claim that popular support and lobbying pressure will eventually force these governors to relent, but that may not be the case. The [...]

Accountability Now: Successes and Failures in Arkansas

By: Friday June 11, 2010 10:56 am

Ryan Grim and Sam Stein have an excellent piece on the coordinated efforts of various groups to support Bill Halter’s challenge to Blanche Lincoln.  It represents the evolution of the efforts behind the Ned Lamont and Donna Edwards races, and now that the election is over, deserves some discussion. Accountability Now grew out of the [...]

Eve Gittelson Interviews Arkansas Resident David McDonald at Olbermann Health Care Clinic

By: Saturday November 21, 2009 10:37 am

Blanche Lincoln David McDonald has been in pain for two weeks because didn’t have the money to get it treated.

Eve Gittelson is in Little Rock covering the Olbermann free clinics today.

Blanche Lincoln Holds Health Care Bill Hostage While Bill Halter Brings Olbermann Clinics to Arkansas

By: Thursday November 19, 2009 3:12 pm

Keith Olbermann’s free health care clinics come to Arkansas this weekend, thanks to the efforts of Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter. Halter was on Countdown last night talking about the clinics with Lawrence O’Donnell.

Blanche Lincoln “Witholding” Decision to Send Bill to Debate

By: Friday October 30, 2009 12:09 pm

Blanche Lincoln isn’t even sure she’ll let health care be debated on the floor of the Senate, let alone allowing to go to a vote. Now that Blanche Lincoln is holding health care hostage from even being debated, it’s clear she needs to hear our message as soon as possible. Contribute now to find supporters of a primary challenge to Blanche Lincoln with organizers in Arkansas.

Blanche Lincoln Should Wish She Were as Popular as the Public Option in Arkansas

By: Friday October 30, 2009 8:40 am

A new Research 2000 poll sponsored by the PCCC shows that the public option is dramatically more popular than Blanche Lincoln. When asked: QUESTION: Would you favor or oppose the government offering everyone a government administered health insurance plan — something like the Medicare coverage that people 65 and older get — that would compete [...]

Halfway There: Donate for Organizers in Arkansas to Primary Blanche Lincoln

By: Thursday October 29, 2009 10:23 am

Goal ThermometerYesterday Jane followed up on her televised dare to Blanche Lincoln to filibuster the public option, when she warned that if Blanche filibustered, “she’d draw a primary challenger so fast it’d make your head spin.” Jane wrote here:

But there are other things that can make a race attractive to a primary challenger — or, conversely, make Lincoln think twice about joining a Republican filibuster. Like hiring organizers in Arkansas to start knocking on doors and set up phone banks into Arkansas, and compiling the names of voters in the state who would support a primary challenge against her.

We need $30,000 to put this into action. It may well be the most effective $30,000 we spend on health care this year. Or EFCA, for that matter.

We’re already halfway there – in just 24 hours, the FDL community has raised more than $15,000 from more than 400 people. Can you help push us over the top? Click here to donate now to fund organizers in Arkansas.