by Max Brantley
People before politics. It's that simple. That's why I support the bi-partisan "Private Option" plan enacted by Democratic Governor Mike Beebe and the Republican Legislature.
We must continue to work to lower premiums and contain long-term costs. We also must work to incentivize preventive care and promote greater individual responsibility. Most importantly, we must continue to preserve accessibility to health insurance for those who need it most.
The Private Option is a great example of how we can work across party lines to put people ahead of political gamesmanship. I can remember a time when Republican Governor Mike Huckabee worked with then Democratic State Senator Mike Beebe to pass ARKIDS First - a groundbreaking program for children in our state. I believe we can still work together to do great things in the area of healthcare.
Ensuring quality, affordable healthcare and putting people before politics. That's my focus now.