by Max Brantley
If I may presume to speak for Gov. Mike Beebe: Not going to happen.
UPDATE: The real Mike Beebe says the same thing in a few more words:
Of course, I’m not going to call a special session to undo the hard-earned, bipartisan accomplishments of this General Assembly. Senator King long ago abandoned interest in finding an Arkansas solution to the challenges of Obamacare, instead choosing the pipe dream that somehow it will simply go away if we don’t deal with it. If he successfully defunds the Arkansas Private Option in 2014, what will go away is the federal taxpayer money helping our hospitals and providing insurance for working Arkansas families. Instead, we’ll get tax increases for our businesses and higher uncompensated-care costs for both our hospitals and for currently insured Arkansans. Plus, the tax dollars we are already paying to Washington will go to help people in other states. Arkansas chose the more positive path, and Senator King’s bluster won’t change that.