The bill to fund the state's Medicaid expansion failed in the Arkansas House on Tuesday, but it could come up for a vote again. Bell opposed the bill, but said he still wanted to try to curb spending if funding went through.
"In general, as a conservative," he said, "if I have the opportunity to reduce government spending in a program from what’s projected … I’m probably going to take that deal."
The amendment would ban the state from spending money promoting Obamacare and the Medicaid expansion, and it would end the state's program for "navigators," those hired to help people sign up on the health care marketplace. Funding for outreach mostly comes from the federal government, but the amendment would keep Arkansas from spending that money.
[H/t Think Progress]