Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Counting the Cost on Obamacare

The state legislature is considering a package of at least 10 bills designed to bring Arkansas into compliance with the health care bill passed by Congress last year. I found one interesting. State Senator Missy Irvin (R-Mountain View) filed a bill to require state agencies to provide a cost impact on the implementation of the federal health care law.

It was my understanding that DFA is required to do a fiscal impact study on every bill before it goes to the legislature. Does someone know if that is the case for the bills designed to bring us into compliance with Obamacare? If so, is Sen. Irvin's bill redundant? If its not, my take is that by all means we should count the cost before we blindly rush into every extra-constitutional mandate that congressmen from other states choose to lay on our backs. The lefties are outraged at the suggestion that we should count the cost before we proceed. It seems like elementary prudence to me.

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