Arkansas’ private option: Let’s quit while we’re behind

By Dan Greenberg | The Arkansas Project

Anyone interested in the intersection of law and politics that Arkansas’s private option creates should remember what Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote more than a century ago — namely, that a good lawyer must be able to speak intelligently about what courts will do in the future, not just about what they’ve done in the past.

On Tuesday, at the joint meeting of the state legislature’s Public Health Committee, attendees saw an excellent example of Holmes’s dictum. The experts who testified before the committee — Andy Allison (Arkansas’s Medicaid director), Ed Haislmaier (of The Heritage Foundation), and Jonathan Ingram (of the Foundation for Government Accountability) – were asked by Rep. Kim Hammer whether rolling back the private option could lead to a successful lawsuit against Arkansas.

at The Arkansas Project.

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