Arkansas State Rep. Nate Bell (R) made a startling admission during a debate over Medicaid expansion on Tuesday: he doesn’t think that uninsured Americans should be educated about their health care options because it costs too much to insure them.
Bell, as a true representative of the “pro-birth, pro-death” party, offered up an amendment to the state’s proposed Medicaid expansion bill that would prevent Arkansas from using federal funds to promote the Affordable Care Act. The amendment would bar Arkansas from advertising on television, radio, print, or online, and would put a halt to Arkansas’ direct mail campaigns–a critical part of spreading the word about the Medicaid expansion.
Bell admits that “without active marketing, you probably get declining enrollment.” However, that’s not a problem to him–in fact, that’s exactly what he wants to accomplish.
As Bell explains, “We’re trying to create a barrier to enrollment. 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.”
You read that correctly, folks–Bell wants to prevent information from circulating in an effort to prevent the uninsured from obtaining insurance because it saves money. It’s almost like he is proposing that lawmakers ration healthcare to those who they deem to be more deserving, kind of like a panel. A panel that decides who lives and who dies.
Where have we heard that before?