Since the enactment of Obamacare's major coverage provisions in 2014, Arkansas has seen its rate of uninsurance cut in more than half — falling from 22.5 percent in 2013 to 9 percent in the first half of 2015 — according to the latest numbers from Gallup
. That's the biggest drop in the nation (nationwide, the uninsurance rate has fallen by about a third, from 17.3 percent in 2013 to 11.7 percent in the first half of 2015). It's a remarkable achievement, and of course credit must go to the Arkansas legislature and former Gov. Mike Beebe
for enacting the private option
, which covers 250,000 Arkansans.
Back in 2013, one in four adults in the state aged 19-64 had no health insurance. That's the world that a rump group in the legislature remains eager to return to.