February 5, 2014 8:39 pm -

Last year, Arkansas was one of the states to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. This year, they look to be the first one to take away Medicaid benefits from people who have gotten used to receiving them.

The revanchist Republicans are setting up their state, one of 25 to expand Medicaid this year under the health care reform law, to be the first to strip Obamacare coverage from people who already have it. Arkansas expanded the program, using a unique privatized model, under the tutelage of Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe and with the support of most GOP leaders in the legislature. But a cohort of conservative lawmakers believe they now have enough votes to block funding for the expansion during the legislative session that starts next week.

People who have started taking medication and seeing doctors will have to stop.  There is a certain cruelty to this that goes above and beyond the refusal to grant benefits in the first place.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.