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AR Surgeon General Pushing For 'Private Option" Plan

Vote expected next week.

LITTLE ROCK, AR-- Arkansas Surgeon General Dr. Joe Thompson was out Saturday pushing for a healthcare 'private option' plan, participating in multiple town hall meetings.

The plan would use money from Obamacare to subsidize insurance for low-income families in Arkansas.

"This would affect 250,000 Arkansans," said Thompson.

The framework of the bill has already passed the House of Representatives, but the funding portion has not.

House leaders were hoping to vote Friday, but House Speaker Davy Carter (R-Cabot) decided to wait.

"After numerous conversations with members and careful consideration, House leadership has decided it is in the best interest of the state of Arkansas for the House to wait until Monday to vote on HB1219, which is the appropriation measure containing the Arkansas Private Option," said Carter.

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