Arkansas Governor on SCOTUS Affordable Care Act Ruling

Little Rock, AR (STL.News) The United States Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit filed by 18 states that challenged the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

Governor Asa Hutchinson’s response:

“The Supreme Court’s ruling, dismissing the case on procedural grounds, leaves the question of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act unanswered.  In my view, the question of whether the Congress overreached its powers in enacting the far-reaching health care law was important and a legitimate issue to be resolved by the Supreme Court.  The fact that the Court dismissed the case on the lack of standing makes it unlikely that the court will reconsider the issue in the future.

“For that reason, it is important for Arkansas to pursue the ARHOME waiver request in order to avoid the interruption of health care services to hundreds of thousands of Arkansans, as we also continue to innovate in ways that will motivate Arkansans to take personal responsibility for their health and future.

“ARHOME, our new Medicaid expansion plan, will require insurance carriers to do more than cover the costs of medical care.  We want the companies to play a role in motivating Arkansans to get healthy through changes in lifestyle such as quitting smoking, exercising more, getting preventative wellness exams, and prenatal care.  We want our health care to make Arkansans healthier.”

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