Arkansas GOP Lawmaker Admits Republicans are Trying to Sabotage Health Care Enrollment

Nate BellDuring a debate in Arkansas over Medicaid expansion, a Republican lawmaker admitted that he doesn’t want people to be informed and educated about enrolling in the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).

This is something liberals have been claiming for quite some time, though it’s rare that you get a Republican on record admitting to it.  But Republican State Representative Nate Bell did just that.

He’s proposed an amendment to Arkansas’ Medicaid expansion which would prohibit Arkansas from using federal money to promote Obamacare.  He also admits that this would decrease the numbers of people who enrolled in the program.

Bell said:

“We’re trying to create a barrier to enrollment.  In general, as a conservative, if I have the opportunity to reduce government spending in a program from what’s projected, I’m probably going to take that deal.”

In other words, it isn’t about whether or not Obamacare will help Arkansas residents get much needed health care, it’s about playing partisan politics and going along with the key Republican talking point of “opposing government spending.”

Notice how nothing in his statement showed concern about providing health care for people who might desperately need it.  No.  It’s all about “cutting costs.”  Well, if you take him at his word.  It’s clear that this amendment is a calculated attempt to sabotage the health care law.

Bell’s amendment would prohibit using television, radio, print or online ads to promote Obamacare.

This is the kind of partisan politics that’s absolutely ridiculous.  It’s a blatant targeted attack by Republicans to try to undermine the success of the Affordable Care Act.

It’s like I’ve mentioned before with how they handle abortion.  If they don’t get their way on the key issue, their next steps are to do whatever they can to sabotage or undermine the law.  In the case of abortion, it’s passing laws that make it nearly impossible for clinics to provide abortions or other requirements aimed at deterring women from exercising their Constitutionally protected rights.

And that’s what this amendment is aiming to do.  They know they can’t repeal the law, so they’re doing anything and everything possible to try to undermine it.  By prohibiting the advertising of Obamacare these Republican lawmakers are well aware that fewer people will be informed about the law and that will directly impact the amount of people signing up for it.

Bell admitted that.  

Then as Republicans go around boasting that Obamacare enrollment might not hit the Obama administration’s goal of 7 million sign ups, they’re failing to mention the fact that they’re doing everything possible at the state level to impede people from signing up for health care.

It’s like what we’ve seen Republicans do with our economy.  They do everything possible in Congress to block or obstruct any piece of legislation which might help grow our economy – then go out and bash President Obama and Democrats for a slower than ideal economic recovery.

When they are the reason why we’re seeing a slower than ideal economic recovery.  

They’re literally causing the problem, then relying on the ignorance of the conservative voter to not question what they’re saying when they blame President Obama and Democrats for that problem.

It’s a joke I’ve often used when it comes to conservative voters.  It’s not just liberals who think the average conservative voter is ignorant, judging by the blatant lies and tactics Republican politicians use, they’re counting on the ignorance of the conservative voter to believe their nonsense.

And this situation in Arkansas is a perfect example of that.  While on one side Republicans are publicly boasting about Obamacare’s enrollment being behind schedule to hit Obama’s goal, they’re doing everything possible to lower the enrollment numbers.

Then again, that’s been the Republican strategy since Obama moved into the White House.  Cause a problem, block any efforts to fix that problem – then blame Obama for it.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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