This could provide a useful social experiment. While there will still be a number of uncontrolled variables, it may help us see what the costs are for offering low income coverage via the government versus private insurance paid for by the government.Beebe had an unusual Obamacare proposal. The Arkansas legislature did not want to expand Medicaid for those under 133 percent of the federal poverty line, an option under the Affordable Care Act. Instead, it wanted to use billions in Medicaid funding to buy private insurance for that same population.
To the surprise of many (including Beebe), the Obama administration approved, in concept, the idea.
That was just three weeks ago. Now, by my count, there are four other states considering the Arkansas approach: Florida, Ohio, Louisiana and Maine. They’re the states below in yellow, alongside states with governors who have already committed to the Medicaid expansion, in pink.