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Teacher insurance: Any solution will require more money, Gov. Mike Beebe says

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GOV. BEEBE: Would consider special session.
  • GOV. BEEBE: Would consider special session.
Gov. Mike Beebe
spoke in Northwest Arkansas today. He said, according to Tweets from various there, on the current hot topic of public school employee insurance rates:

* He's not averse to a special session to reduce the rate shock.

* He doesn't want a special session without a foreordained consensus solution.

* Any solution will require more money.

I haven't yet seen if he invoked a favorite truism of his — he doesn't like spending one-time money (current surplus) on continuing obligations.

There may be yet a different way to skin the public employee/teacher health insurance issue, but I'm dubious that includes getting the same or similar coverage for all without a greater annual expenditure by the state.

He did say, however, that he wanted both short-term and long-term solutions, so that would presumably cover the continuing obligation issue.

PS — I noticed that Rep. Justin Harris took personal offense on Twitter at some of Beebe's remarks. He has a thin skin. He apparently was riled because Beebe explained again what terrible consequences would have ensued had opponents of the private option (they included Harris)  prevailed.

Beebe invoked Harry Truman:

"I never gave anybody hell. I just told the truth and they think it's hell."



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