by David Ramsey
Who’s ready to debate the “private option” all over again? Attorney General Dustin McDaniel today approved a proposed referendum on the healthcare legislation passed by a super-majority in the House and Senate and signed into law by Gov. Mike Beebe last April. The law, nicknamed the "private option," uses federal money through the Affordable Care Act to purchase private health-insurance for low-income Arkansans starting in 2014.
The proposed referendum comes from Garland County Tea Partier and former failed Congressional candidate Glenn Gallas and his group Arkansans Against Big Government, which seeks to repeal the law. The AG had previously rejected proposed referendums from the group twice, but the group made changes to pass muster. The AG accepted the popular name — "A Referendum on the Health Care Independence Act of 2013" — as is, but revised the text of the referendum for accuracy and clarity. You can see the AG's approval and the referendum here.
Gallas and company can now begin collecting signatures. They'll need a little more than 45,000 signatures to get on the ballot in 2014. Could be doable, so campaign season may be getting a big wrinkle.