In just over a week, the Tennessee legislature will convene a special session to debate Gov. Haslam’s “Insure Tennessee” plan, a proposed Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. The Tennessee Hospital Association, which has lobbied for an expansion for years by claiming that rural hospitals would be forced to close their doors without the additional federal dollars, has begun a costly propaganda campaign to pressure legislators into supporting the governor’s plan.
But of course, we should be skeptical at best when hospital executives talk to patients and taxpayers.
And so these stories beg the question: Can Tennesseans trust the million-dollar executives and lobbying arms of the hospitals when they promise us that they’ll not shift their financial costs associated with “Insure Tennessee” along to patients and taxpayers? Think about it.
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