Asa Hutchinson demurs on Medicaid question

Posted: February 1, 2013 at 11:21 a.m.

Governor's candidate Asa Hutchinson refused to interject himself in whether the state should expand Medicaid, saying that was for elected leaders to work out.

"I'm going to leave that to the legislature and governor to work out. I have a lot of confidence in Michael Lamoureux and Davy Carter," the Republican Senate president and Speaker of the House, Hutchinson said. He was speaking at a meeting of the Northwest Arkansas Political Animals Club in Fayetteville.

Debate on the issue about whether to expand Medicaid to 250,000 working poor in Arkansas has followed partisan lines, with Democrats largely in favor and Republicans expressing doubts. Hutchinson has announced his candidacy as a Republican for governor in 2014.