Asa and me — what I forgot to say yesterday

Here’s something I should have said yesterday in the blog item about the lunch with, and lecture from, Gov. Asa Hutchinson:

I will concede this much to the governor: It is not entirely contradictory or nonsensical to want to repeal Obamacare – mistake though that be –while wanting to keep the Medicaid expansion money in its current or a new form to spend in your state in your own way, presumably to keep the Medicaid expansion population covered.

It’s trying to have things both ways – your political way, because the easiest currency in Arkansas politics is to assail President Obama and the Affordable Care Act, and your financial way, because the easiest money to afford tax cuts and facilitate the use of general revenue for highways is to keep taking hundreds of millions for health insurance from the federal government.

At least we have a Kasich-ish Republican governor whose exhausting finesses are intended to keep poor people insured and state government flush amid a toxic climate on his own right flank .

The governor asked me to try not to be so cynical.

I’m not cynical. I am confident President Obama is nobly trying to do the right thing on health care, if only the Republicans and the states will let him.



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  1. Thanks for the Job you are doing, I am so Proud to have you working for the Betterment of the People of Arkansas and the Country as a whole,
    The People of Arkansas are so fortunate to have you doing the Job that you are doing so very well.
    This is just a Note to say Thanks,

    Robert Howse

    16 Feb 16 at 1:08 pm

  2. Asa’s been a failure at everything he’s tried. Why shouldn’t he fail here while failing Arkansans at the same time?


    16 Feb 16 at 8:20 pm

  3. I didn’t vote for Asa but I have been pleasantly surprised at how pragmatically and realistically he has governed. His methods remind me a lot of Beebe’s, or even Huckabee’s (before Fox got a hold of him…or he got a hold of them, however you want to look at it). He may have been beaten quite a few times but his persistence and now even-handed governance are lessons a lot of us could and should value.


    16 Feb 16 at 11:26 pm

  4. I think Asa was very polite to share a meal with the most cynical writer in Arkansas when he’s writing about any Republican. At least he was a gentleman, which is something you obviously have no clue about being!


    17 Feb 16 at 7:42 am

  5. Thanks for the article in the paper– I read all your articles and think you do a good job letting us know some of the going on that we don’t normally hear.
    I did not vote for Asa and don’t like some of the things he is trying to do. Let us get more good Democrats in these races.

    Maxine Roop

    17 Feb 16 at 10:56 am

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