As you may already know, Commissioner Jay Bradford has asked State Legislators to contact Governor Beebe and ask them to support additional funding to continue planning the Healthcare Exchanges under Obamacare.
Below you will find the email I sent to Governor Beebe in opposition to additional funding. I ask my colleagues to do the same.
Dear Governor Beebe,
I am writing to you in opposition of moving forward with any additional spending as it relates to implementation of the Healthcare Insurance Exchange.
As you are aware, there are still lawsuits challenging the PPACA working there way to the Supreme Court. Although Arkansas has chosen not to participate in these lawsuits, we do not wish to undermine them through aggressive policies that implement key components of the PPACA.
More importantly, as I have talked to people in my district, one common message I have heard is that they are against implementation of the PPACA here in Arkansas to include the HIE.
The many unanswered questions regarding HIE, as well as the overall future of the PPACA and the timelines and policies it imposes compels me to believe that not spending any additional taxpayer money on the HIE is the wisest course of action at this time.
Thank you for your consideration on this issue.
State Representative- District 46