by Max Brantley
What was Congressman Hutchinson’s answer? You have to read and hear it to believe it:
Hutchinson: Well, it would just be like any other person who has insurance. They have a private insurance policy and so if the funding mechanism is changed or stopped, then the insurance company notifies the citizen policyholder that you’ve got to find other means of having coverage. And so it’s a very simple process, actually, to change gears.
To be clear: This is how Congressman Hutchinson talks about taking away private health insurance from hundreds of thousands of working Arkansans. Hutchinson continues:
Hutchinson: We’ll have to wait and see how this pans out in terms of affordability and what is accomplished in the goals. But it’s a very simple process to end – simply a notification by the private insurance – and that’s the advantage over traditional Medicaid. You cut somebody off of Medicaid, you’ve got many other legal issues that are involved.
According to Congressman Hutchinson, the advantage of the Private Option isn’t the hundreds of thousands of Arkansans who now have access to quality, private health insurance. Congressman Hutchinson thinks the principal benefit is that it’s easier to take it away from hardworking Arkansas families than traditional Medicaid. How out of touch can you be?