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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  • jWd

    The ignorance of the Republican voter.. LOL how true

    • Valerie

      Typical response. Rather than have an intelligent conversation, you resort to insults.

      • jWd

        Fox news clowns are not intelligent by any means

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        ahhhh,,,,,I disagree! they are quite ‘intelligent’ enough to make millions ( SEE: o’reilly/Hannity/huck(STER)abee and the superlative ones in minor roles all FINANCIALLY capitalizing upon the racist hatred of a black president and the pseudo-Christian white trash who don’t realize they are pawns of JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY part 2 ( tea party)
        Im a total liberal centrist yet I will confess: if FOX “news” or the white elitist Koch brothers and their CLAN hired me to do a TV and/or radio show bemoaning this administration and were to pay be the stratospheric salaries that the aforementioned “GREAT AMERICANS” are being paid I will gleefully announce ” OBAMA,,,,HES A MUSLIM,,,,,,WERE ALL GONNA DIE”
        OH I 4GOT—- “PRAISE JEEEEESUS”

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Roger Ailes reportedly admitted that if FOX could make more money being a liberal network, he’d change it in a heartbeat.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        that’s because he is driven correctly: MONEY

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        if FOX “news” offered me a 500K per year job bashing liberals I would do it in a second

    • jWd

      Artos, What a typical comment from a low information teabaggin moron. You are the best argument for Government mandated birth control coverage. You’re mother should have had one.

  • jWd

    You are a disgrace. You should be dropped kicked right out of this Country.. [email protected]@

    • Artos

      dont feed the troll

      • jWd

        Hey Arto , shouldn’t you be out looking for a job? Or will no one hire you? Looks like your the TROLL [email protected]@

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      u should see how he tears after me with his plethora of fake profiles,,,,,,,,, I LOVE IT!!

  • Jim Taylor

    Your just pissed because you know she would turn you down, if you were to ask for some of that! It’s ok, you still have your fist. For now, anyway!

  • Valerie

    As I responded to “Artos”; typical response. Resort to insults because you are unable to have an intelligent converation.

    • jWd

      He’s low information and clueless. He response is that of a low information Fox news watching clown

  • Pipercat

    I find it strange, when reading these pieces, that the included picture of the featured politician always appears to need some really good healthcare!

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      as with o’reilly/Hannity/huck(STER)sbee ; Limbaugh and eric bolling they all to varying degrees physically trumpet how ” a waist is a terrible thing to mind” IE; their dubious “success” is exemplified in NOT taking care of themselves physically.
      MOOOOOOOOOO

      • Pipercat

        Pasty, pudgy, three chins and 35 going on 60!

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        and that be,,,,,,,,?

        THE FOX “news” all-star panel???

        ( my fave is “no tits and hating her life ” Malkin,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ) she will kill herself or someone soon

  • Sunnysmom

    I’m not thrilled with some of the latent consequences of ACA..it needs amendments quickly. But the answer is not to deter people from trying to get covered and cared for. The GOP needs to stop digging in and throwing poopy-pants fits, work the problem!! But they won’t..as usual, government spending in the form of subsidies and tax breaks for “corporation-people” who don’t need them are fine, health care and food assistance for the most vulnerable not so much.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      And what consequences might those be?

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        people who couldn’t get coverage now getting coverage,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and with that MORE doctors and their staffs being employed–
        republicans? crying

  • Green_Devil

    It’s like how the teatards have spent 5 years sabotaging the economy and opposing every job bill offered by Obama and then bitching about how the economy and job creation are lagging.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      And complaining that the Democrats won’t vote on the 39 House “jobs bills” which amount to no more than tax cuts for rich people and gutting regulations.

  • BobLoblaw

    I find it amazing that certain news agencies and radio hosts absolutely lie to their audience. And that audience believes every word. ROMNEY BY A LANDSLIDE!!! Do you know how many Republicans did NOT vote because they believed that? So sad.
    I keep hearing that liberals only voted Obama in so they could get free stuff. Where the heck is my free stuff??!!?!

  • Matthew Reece

    If Republicans were smart, they would stop trying to sabotage Obamacare and let it implode and fail on its own. That way, Democrats couldn’t say, “It would have worked if you hadn’t made sure it didn’t.”

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      That’s because it’s not going to “implode and fail on its own.” It is working. I know people who now have affordable insurance, including my daughter.

      • Matthew Reece

        I know people who are paying twice as much for the same coverage.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Yeah, and I know many people who have affordable coverage for the first time in their lives. Show me your numbers and I’ll show you mine.

        I’ve lived for years with premiums going up while coverage goes down prior to ACA.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        hey matt— hows the implosion so far? kinda like our economy failing? kinda like the tea party growing? you do seem daft at time matty baby

  • Common Sense

    It’s only a matter of time before more are caught on record (or a hot mic) admitting the obvious (I hope before November). It is completely obvious that Georgia more than any other state has gone above and beyond in their effort to sabotage the ACA at the expense of taxpayers and its millions of uninsured residents.

    The current Georgia GOP & Tea Party are the nastiest, most hateful and reprehensible politicians ever elected.