Chairs Of Arkansas GOP, Democrats Agree On Health Care Plan

May 3, 2016

Vince Insalaco (far left) and Doyle Webb (far right) at the Political Animals Club in Little Rock Tuesday.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR

The chairmen of Arkansas' largest political parties managed to agree on how legislators put together a Medicaid expansion plan that uses federal dollars to buy health care insurance for poorer residents.

Democratic Party Chairman Vince Insalaco told the Political Animals club on Tuesday that Republicans had a "Jesus" moment in extending benefits, while Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb said the health care plan is good with "a conservative spin." Through a handful of political machinations, legislators extended what is now called "Arkansas Works."

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, says the plan is good for Arkansas as long as it has certain limits - along with a requirement that some participants pay premiums.

Webb said he understands Republicans who still voted against it, saying they have to consider their constituents.