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Arkansas Lawmaker Nate Bell Trying to Stop Enrollment in Obamacare

Arkansas State Rep. Nate Bell (R) wants to prevent uninsured residents from enrolling in health care coverage under Obamacare.

Bell is trying to add an amendment onto a state Medicaid expansion bill that would stop Arkansas from using federal funds to promote Obamacare.

Besides acting a gag order for state employees, Bell's amendment would stop the work of trained guides who help Arkansans enroll in the Obamacare website or the state health care exchange.

"We're trying to create a barrier to enrollment. Less enrollment means lower costs," Bell told the Arkansas Times. "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 failed to mention the enormous cost of treating uninsured people in emergency rooms, which gets passed onto to taxpayers, and the fact that Obamacare is funded by the federal government for 100 percent for the first three years and 90 percent until 2022, notes

Bell’s amendment would ban the state of Arkansas from using television, radio, print, direct mail, online ads to promote health care coverage to uninsured Arkansans.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, there are 510,000 uninsured residents in Arkansas, whom Bell is trying to shut out.

This is not the first time Bell has made headlines.

The Huffington Post reported in 2013 that Bell tweeted after the Boston Marathon Bombing: “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 claimed he was just expressing his "frustration."

Sources: The Huffington Post, Kaiser Family Foundation, Arkansas Times,


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