The Beebe administration is preparing to try tomorrow to win Senate committee approval of legislation to enable health insurance programs in Arkansas necessary to implement federal health care law. Ernie Dumas has explained why defeat of the bills would be bad for Arkansas. The alternative is to let the feds run the program, probably at a higher cost.
Now comes Death Star Jason Rapert, the insurance salesman/revivalist who'd rather just about anything than see universal health care come to Arkansas. In a bluntly partisan statement issued through the Senate information office (somewhat of a departure to see taxpayer information tools so blatantly expropriated for political attack), Senator Rapert says this is "against the will of the people." Rapert has interviewed them all, I guess, because most polls indicate folks are ready to see how this health insurance stuff works. The Koch brothers' paid emissaries in Arkansas are also beating their drums to turn out those angry old folks that turn up for Dave Elswick conspiracy seances.
A word or two for Rapert: You're so off base on this even conservative Republicans disagree. Heard of Mitch Daniels, Republican governor of Indiana? He's issued an executive order setting up insurance exchanges there. Nutso John Kasich, governor of Ohio? He's said an exchange works best for Ohio, that he doesn't trust the feds to run the program. Even Scott Walker of Wisconsin is working toward an insurance exchange in Tea Party Ground Zero. Utah, the Republican fortress? Its exchange is already in place. Oklahoma — Oklahoma! — is doing it.
Bro. Jason Rapert wants to send control to Washington. Some Tea Partyer he is.