Analysis: Health law to loom over Arkansas races in ’18
July 29, 2017
Updated: July 29, 2017 9:03am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Republicans became the state’s majority party in part by focusing their ire on the federal health care overhaul over the past several years and vowing its repeal, even in local and legislative races where they didn’t have a vote on the matter. The failure of GOP efforts to end the 2010 law, even under a Republican White House and Congress, could make it harder for Republicans in the state to run again against the law they’ve derided as “Obamacare.”
Here’s how the debate over the law’s future may play out in some of the state’s top races next year:
ARKANSAS GOVERNOR: An avowed opponent of the health law, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson supported keeping the state’s hybrid Medicaid expansion but has pushed for changes that he says will make the program more conservative. More than 300,000 people are on the program, which uses Medicaid funds to purchase private plans through the insurance exchange for low-income residents. Hutchinson last week credited the hybrid expansion for proposed rate increases by insurers on the exchange being lower than what many other states are seeing….