Arkansas's new Medicaid expert's past as Obamacare foe

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DENNIS SMITH The news of Arkansas’s decision to bring in Dennis Smith, a former top Medicaid official for George W. Bush, included mention of the controversy that marked his tenure as the Medicaid boss for Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker.That time included media attention to the question of whether Smith had had an affair with a top aide, a matter that exploded into headlines because the woman’s husband was charged with attempting to kill her by dousing her with gasoline and setting her on fire. Smith and the woman denied the affair, though a judge in the criminal case said the evidence was persuasive .In any case, Smith is in Arkansas to oversee Medicaid, which happens to include a adoption of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, albeit with Arkansas-specific framework. Smith made his bones as an ardent foe of Obamacare, which makes his new context at least …
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