Halter, Ross trade jabs over health care

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter is criticizing his rivals in the Arkansas governor's race for their past opposition to the federal health care law. Halter's chief rival for the Democratic nomination is questioning how Halter plans to fund an expanded college scholarship program.

    Halter told members of the Delta Grassroots Caucus Friday said if the other three candidates had their way, the state would not have been able to expand health insurance to thousands of low-income workers. Halter later cited Democratic rival Mike Ross' vote against the health overhaul in Congress.

    The Arkansas Legislature last month approved using federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for 250,000 low-income residents.

    Ross later told the group he was skeptical of Halter's proposal to expand a college scholarship program.

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