Private Option Plan A Tough Sell for GOP Voters (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press  on Monday, Apr. 15, 2013 8:35 am  

But others who have voted against the private option's enabling legislation say they support the idea. They just need some time to give the same closing argument to voters that they've heard in the Capitol.

"I don't know that people fully understand what it is, what it does, the safeguards that are in place," said Rep. Andy Mayberry, R-Hensley. "I don't think people understand the potential ramifications of doing nothing or saying no."

By pushing the vote back a few days, legislative leaders are hoping a similar argument will sway skeptical voters in their districts. They're also hoping to highlight a series of measures aimed at cutting Medicaid costs that lawmakers are considering in conjunction with the proposal.

"If people refuse to sit down and go through this analysis of looking at the bill and looking at what the real effects of our two choices are and get to the realistic and factual point that we cannot stop the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Arkansas and go through all of this and look at their members of the General Assembly and say 'but it's Obamacare, don't do it,'" House Speaker Davy Carter said. "If that's where we're going, then I think the Republican Party is going to have to regroup."

It's a gamble that will test whether Republicans who have benefited from an anti-Obama atmosphere will be punished by that same sentiment.

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