AR House Fails Private Option a Second Time

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas House failed the Private Option appropriation again on Wednesday in a 68-27 vote.  The Arkansas House also rejected the issue 70-27 on Tuesday.  None of the 27 who voted no the first time changed their vote for the second attempt.

The state's health care plan was hanging in the balance this week at the state capitol. The House missed the needed three-quarters majority for passage by five votes. Some  members of the senate attended the house vote. If it passes it will move on to the Senate where it will also need three-quarters of the vote to pass.

On Tuesday, House Speaker Davy Carter remarked, "We'll vote everyday - majority aren't going to let a minority of lawmakers dictate this."  Carter said Wednesday the house will vote again Thursday at 1:30p and he is "100% it will pass."

According to the Department of Health, 96,950 people gained health care coverage through the Private Option as of Feb. 6. Of those enrolled so far, 87,061 were covered by a private health insurance plan and 9,889 had been determined to be better served by the traditional Medicaid program because of exceptional health care needs.

Northwest Arkansas State Representatives Who Voted NO (All Republican):

Rep. Randy Alexander - District 88
Rep. Bob Ballinger - District 97
Rep. Jonathan Barnett - District 87
Rep. Les Carnine - District 90
Rep. Jim Dotson - District 93
Rep. Charlene Fite - District 80
Rep. Bill Gossage - District 82
Rep. Justin Harris - District 81
Rep. Debra Hobbs - District 94
Rep. Mary Lou Slinkard - District 92

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