HARRISON, Ark. (AP) - A former top Republican in the Arkansas House who was a key playing in rallying GOP lawmakers' opposition against the federal health overhaul is now being painted as a cheerleader for the same law as he seeks a state Senate seat.
Tuesday's Republican runoff for a north Arkansas state Senate seat has turned into the latest fight over the state's "private option" compromise Medicaid expansion. The race pits state Rep. John Burris against Scott Flippo, who owns an assisted living facility in Bull Shoals.
Flippo has targeted Burris over his role helping craft the private option, calling it no different from the law they both deride as Obamacare. Burris has accused Flippo of misrepresenting the private option and trying to make the runoff a single issue race.
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