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Arkansas to keep Medicaid-expansion private option for now

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In sign of how entrenched Medicaid expansion has becomeĀ  even in some Tea Partyish states, Arkansas’s new Republican governor, Asa Hutchinson, has asked the legislature to keep the state’s ”private-option” approach to Medicaid expansion, backed by his Democratic predecessor, through 2016. Mr. Hutchinson doesn’t want to deal with the firestorm that would ensue if about 200,000 low-income residents lost access to insurance coverage that they had won through the Affordable Care Act.

But Hutchinson has proposed a legislative task force to study other options for insurance for low-income people. We wouldn’t be surprised if those options end up where many “blue-ribbon commissions” end up — the Bermuda Triangle.

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