Gov. Bill Haslam is calling a special session of the legislature to hear his answer to Medicaid expansion: "Insure Tennessee," a two-year pilot program that would provide health care to more than 200,000 Tennesseans who lack direct access to coverage.
First announced last month, Insure Tennessee would provide insurance coverage to Tennesseans earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level — roughly $16,000 for an individual and $27,000 for a family of three. The special session is set to start at 4 p.m. Feb. 2.
State lawmakers and federal health official must approve of Haslam's proposal before it can take effect. Haslam has already said he has a "verbal" agreement with federal officials on the deal; legislative approval during the special session could be tougher. (Republican leaders of Tn, if you want to be re-elected, you will not support this expansion of Obamacare. I know, I know, it's not technically expanding Obamacare. You stick whatever label you want on it "Insure Tn", it's still lipstick on a pig. 10 years ago you could have gotten away this but not now, the jig is up and we know how this works. Rename it and the uneducated masses won't know the difference only the masses know better now. Your lips are moving and so we know you are lying...)
Although Haslam gave an overview of the plan in December, members of his own party have criticized him for not releasing specifics before now. In his release, Haslam calls his plan a "critical first step to fundamentally changing health care in Tennessee." (Notice the word "fundamentally"...remember when Obama said he was going to fundamentally transform our nation? Well, he has a lot of help...especially from our "Republican" governor of Tn...By the way, if you want to "fundamentally transform healthcare in Tn, remove government from the equation and let it perform in a truly free market. That's a "fundamental" transformation I could support)
"There are few challenges facing us today as great as those presented by our broken health-care system," Haslam said in a news release. (Uhuh...and Government broke it so Government is going to unbreak what they broke? Not hardly.)
"The Insure Tennessee plan is a conservative approach (OMG!!! What's conservative about using government money to fund a program that government has no business being in in the 1st place? There is nothing conservative about this approach, no matter how confident you sound speaking this nonsense) that introduces market principles to Medicaid (Market principles? Where? What market? The Socialistic Exchange Market? How you can even use market principles in the same sentence as Medicaid tells me how corrupt you are. You can't possibly believe this nonsense so you have to be complicit in furthering your lie...YOU LIE!!! That is all!), provides health-care coverage to more Tennesseans at no additional cost to taxpayers (OMG!!! ENOUGH! No additional cost to taxpayers??? Do you know how much more the average citizen is now paying for healthcare? Did you see the numbers released this year regarding the jump in the percentage of GDP that average hard-working people are paying and that the biggest jump was in healthcare costs? Yeah, it's already costing taxpayers and it will be worse when the federal crack money dries up but then you won't be around to take the heat for it. How convenient) , and leverages a payment reform initiative that is working to control health-care costs and improve the quality of care." (that last phrase is a page right out of "1984" and is nothing more than "newspeak". "leverages a payment reform initiative that is working to control health-care costs and improve the quality of care." Surely you jest!)
There's more, but I can't continue the deconstruction. Our party is lost...completely and utterly lost....
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