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Carter: Some House members negotiated private option in bad faith

Posted: February 25, 2014 - 6:05pm

LITTLE ROCK — House Speaker Davy Carter on Tuesday blamed the impasse in the House over the private option on certain legislators negotiating in bad faith.

Carter, R-Cabot, had said last week he expected a fifth vote on appropriating federal funding for the so-called private option to happen in the House on Tuesday, but he chose not to call for a vote during Tuesday’s House session. He later told reporters the issue is on hold for now.

Carter said that during negotiations weeks ago, Rep. Nate Bell, R-Mena, advanced a proposed amendment that would end state promotion of the state Health Insurance Marketplace, and certain legislators agreed to support the private option if the amendment was adopted. The amendment was adopted, and the appropriation passed in the Senate but failed in House votes on four consecutive days last week, with Bell being the only legislator who switched from opposing to supporting it.

The negotiations “turned out not to be in good faith, not by Rep. Bell but from others that he was working with,” Carter said.

The speaker also said he had received a letter Tuesday asking for further negotiations. The letter, signed by 26 Republican House members, argued that the repeated votes on the private option were creating “unnecessary tension within the House membership” and asked for a “different approach.”

“A handful of those members that were involved in that, that were a part of those negotiations with Rep. Bell, are some of the ones that are now the ones saying that I’m refusing to negotiate, and others are refusing to negotiate, which in reality is not true,” Carter said. “The idea that no one has sat down to negotiate this matter is false. I would submit that those negotiations on my side, the Senate leadership’s and the governor’s side were done in good faith.”

If legislators who oppose the current bill have an alternate proposal that can clear the Joint Budget Committee and win the required three-fourths vote in the House and Senate, they should present it, Carter said, but he said he believed the current bill has the best chance of passing.

Carter declined to name the legislators he was accusing of negotiating in bad faith.

Bell did not immediately return a call seeking comment Tuesday.

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lachowsj 02/26/14 - 06:59 am
Bad Faith

Representative Carter refuses to name names of the liars and cheats while the chief proponent of Affordable Health Care gets called a subhuman mongrel.

justoffcenter 02/26/14 - 08:23 am
Not subhuman but

He is a dope-smoking lier who is breaking the trust of the office of El Prez by not enforceing dope laws. Oh wait, he is from Chicago where El Chubo (mexican drug kingpin) served 60% of the dope with no heart-felt enforcement from the Feds or Mayor (old Chef of Staff) who is in step with El Prez BHO.

open book
open book 02/26/14 - 08:03 am
Now this is the same Carter

Now this is the same Carter (alleged R) who made a back room deal with Beebe, sided with 4 R's and 49 Dems to be named Speaker, which was against the will of his party. So he is now calling people out for not negotiating in good faith. This guy is not worthy of being speaker who is not trustworthy lacks integrity.

crypted quill
crypted quill 02/26/14 - 08:51 am
"...a vote up or down on only

"...a vote up or down on only the wholly federally funded private option — separated from the larger DHS bill that includes expenditure of state money — would require only a simple majority vote." -- Ernest Dumas

Surprise surprise surprise Gomer Pyle... Koch fueled Arkie Stooge Teabag Republicans destroy jobs making it harder for people to get health insurance.


[Oops: GOP Bill Would Strip 1 Million Workers Of Health Coverage]

conwaygerl 02/26/14 - 09:31 am
politics as usual

nothing to see here.

InsGuru 02/26/14 - 09:56 am

"If legislators who oppose the current bill have an alternate proposal that can clear the Joint Budget Committee and win the required three-fourths vote in the House and Senate, they should present it,"

I don't like you and your idea... I don't have a better one, but I don't like you so you're idea is automatically bad.... (similiar to some of the people on here with their thumbs ups and downs)

I want the names of those opposing so I can call them and tell them to stop being stupid.

johnb 02/26/14 - 12:27 pm
Can You Say Meeks?

David and Stephen

reader 02/26/14 - 04:37 pm
Dirty Tricks

are not a new tactic of the right wing. Learn history, or be doomed to repeat it.
Re-electing a Republican/'Tea Party' legislature and senate will not improve the well being of Arkansans. Vote Blue!

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