Almost two years ago, our colleague Linda Gorman was cautiously optimistic about Arkansas attempted Medicaid waiver. Instead of just expanding Medicaid, the state would take the federal funds that Obamacare offered, but use them to subsidize the newly eligible to buy commercial insurance on the Obamacare exchange.
Two years later, a new governor wants to do something a little different. The new governor, Asa Hutchinson, appears to have confused a lot of people in a recent speech about Medicaid, the joint state-federal welfare program for poor people’s health coverage.
According to the Washington Post’s Jason Millman, “Republicans are finally learning they can’t undo Obamacare“, because the governor wants to do something different to Medicaid than what his Democratic predecessor wanted. Politicos’ Sarah Heaton, on the other hand, reports that the new governor wants to “end his state’s Obamacare Medicaid experiment.”