Cot­ton, Se­nate should try again on health care

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

Sen. Tom Cot­ton pub­licly stated he would not vote for any health care mea­sures that would hurt Arkansans. The re­mark­able cuts to Med­i­caid pro­posed in the cur­rent Se­nate ver­sion of the health care bill will dra­mat­i­cally and neg­a­tively im­pact many Arkansans, par­tic­u­larly chil­dren and the Arkansas Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

Sen. Cot­ton helped craft this bill. In 2014, 62 per­cent of Arkansas Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal’s in­come came from Med­i­caid. The re­struc­tur­ing of fed­eral Med­i­caid fund­ing in this bill could be dread­ful, par­tic­u­larly for fam­i­lies with spe­cial needs chil­dren and Arkansas Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

I can only imag­ine the sleep­less nights some par­ents are hav­ing as they an­tic­i­pate the loss of help for their child.

I hope Sen. Cot­ton will try to imag­ine his own chil­dren with­out the health in­sur­ance we the peo­ple pro­vide for him and his fam­ily. Then I hope he will go back to the draw­ing board to cre­ate a bill that bet­ter serves the peo­ple he rep­re­sents. GINNY MASULLO Fayet­teville

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