By: Nicole Kaeding In February, Governor Beebe of Arkansas met with Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius to discuss a new plan to expand Medicaid. Under Beebe’s plan, Arkansas would expand Medicaid to cover all individuals below 138% of the federal poverty level, but the individuals would be put into President Obama’s health insurance exchanges, [...]
AFP-Arkansas opposes Senate Bill 54, which mandates that state construction projects use 25% “Made in America” steel and iron materials. This patriotic-sounding mandate sounds great, but as with every other government mandate, it is the taxpayers who suffer from the resulting high costs and increased waste. By mandating what types of products a construction project [...]
Hardworking Arkansans deserve an energy policy that is based on market principles, not one that is based on extending handouts to politically connected industries. Enacting policies that threaten electrical grid reliability and drive up energy prices is not why they sent their elected representatives to Washington.
During his 2008 campaign, President Obama promised, “if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them.” It’s now 2012, and here’s how he’s doing it. The EPA’s new Utility MACT regulation has the stated purpose of reducing mercury emissions at power plants, but there is no [...]
Tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Arkansas Legislators on the Arkansas Legislative Council (ALC) Committee will undertake several important matters. One that we would like to highlight, though, is about the gift that keeps on giving - Health Insurance Exchanges.
As we've previously stated (and you, we're sure, know) - health insurance exchange legislation was killed during the 2012 regular session. The problem is that Governor Mike Beebe and Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford keep bringing it back up. This time the Governor and Commissioner Bradford will push legislators to spend $7.4 MILLION to implement Obama’s Health Care Exchange.