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Westerman to join Tea Party in Obamacare opposition; Koch Bros. fire up TV campaign

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TEA PARTY ALLY: Bruice Westerman.
  • TEA PARTY ALLY: Bruice Westerman.
Speaking of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, the Tea Party Express plans a press event in Little Rock Thursday that will also give a perceived lift to a Republican congressional candidate.

The Tea Party PAC will hold a news conference to urge U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor to join Sen. Mike Lee's letter to oppose any spending bill that includes money for the health care law. Of course, Pryor won't do that.

State Rep. Bruce Westerman, who's running for 4th District Congress, will participate. After flirting with support of Obamacare in Arkansas, he split with a majority of his party that ultimately voted to implement the law here through the so-called "private option" scheme. It's a huge expansion of Medicaid and coverage of the uninsured in Arkansas. Westerman hates it. He thinks it's a ticket to victory.

The Tea Party and Bruce Westerman versus about half the Arkansas Republican delegation, all the Democrats and Bill Clinton?

Easy choice.

Speaking of easy choices: The Koch boys' Americans for Prosperity political lobby is stepping up its anti-Obamacare hysteria with TV ads claiming seriously ill children will be denied their choice of doctors should Obamacare take effect. A huge number of questions arise from an ad about a child who's had multiple open heart surgeries.


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