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Arkansas lawmaker promotes bill to keep uninsured in the dark about healthcare options

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A Republican lawmaker in Arkansas is attempting to insert an amendment into a Medicaid expansion bill that is designed to prevent the state from using federal funds to promote Obamacare, explaining that he doesn’t want uninsured Arkansans to know about their healthcare options.

According to ThinkProgress,  State Rep. Nate Bell (R) admitted that, by denying the state of Arkansas the ability to use federal funds allocated for advertising the Affordable Care Act (ACA), he is “trying to create a barrier to enrollment.”

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“We’re trying to create a barrier to enrollment,” Bell explained, noting that lower enrollment ultimately translates to lower costs. “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.”

Bell’s amendment would prohibit the state of Arkansas from advertising plans offered through the ACA using television, radio, print, or online ads.

It would also prevent the state from using federal funds to send out  direct mail pieces which have proven to be effective in getting out the word about the state’s Medicaid expansion and healthcare options.

Because Arkansas is pursuing a “private option” for Medicaid, which provides residents with a subsidy to purchase private insurance, the process for enrolling in a Medicaid plan is similar to the process for signing up for a plan with the ACA’s new state-level exchange.

As of 2011, Arkansas was home to close to one-half million uninsured citizens, including over 39,000 uninsured children under the age of eighteen.

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Rep. Bell last made national news following the Boston bombing in April, 2013 when he tweeted: “I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a hi-capacity magazine? #2A.”

Bell later backtracked from his comment, explaining that he was just expressing his ‘frustration’, adding: “”I really didn’t think about it going to Boston and was generally expressing my personal view of how I would have felt in that situation myself.”

[Image of Nate Bell with Michelle Malkin from his Facebook page]

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Trump busted for acting like the Saudi’s ‘press secretary’ after Florida naval yard shooting

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Conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot blasted President Donald Trump for essentially becoming a "press secretary" for the Saudi Arabian government in wake of the Pensacola, Florida mass shooting.

In his column Sunday, Boot noted that the typical mass shooting sentiments like "thoughts and prayers" were absent Friday when Trump discovered that the shooting was done by a Muslim.

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McConnell blocked by his own party from calling impeachment witnesses Trump wants for Senate trial: report

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As the Times notes, "While Democrats who control the House are focused on a swift impeachment vote by year’s end, the White House is almost entirely consumed by the trial that would follow in the Republican-controlled Senate, where Mr. Trump’s team believes he would have the chance to defend himself and where Democrats would almost certainly fall short of the two-thirds vote they would need to remove him from office."

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Ted Cruz hammered as ‘Putin’s stooge’ after humiliating himself on NBC to push Kremlin propaganda

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Speaking with NBC host Chuck Todd on Sunday, Cruz attempted to push what has been described as Kremlin propaganda, asserting that "there is evidence of Ukraine interference in our election because an op-ed was written criticizing Trump’s campaign rhetoric about Ukraine." 

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