Tennessee Becomes Newest State to Completely Block Obamacare

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Michael Lotfi is a Persian, American political analyst and adviser living in Nashville, Tennessee where he works as the executive state director for the Tenth Amendment Center. Lotfi graduated in the top 5% of his class with top honors from Belmont University, an award winning, private university located in Nashville, Tennessee.
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This morning Governor Haslam of Tennessee stated he would not accept the medicaid expansion. In a 12 minute speech to lawmakers this morning he stated, “I cannot recommend to you that we move forward on this plan.” This comes as a surprise to many who have been mounting the effort to keep the medicaid expansion out of Tennessee. To block the Patient Affordable Care Act on the state level two things had to be done. First, the states had to opt out of the state exchange. Second, states had to block the medicaid expansion. Through grassroots pressure Tennessee residents kept the Governor’s feet to the fire

Nashville Capitol Building

Tennessee Capitol Building 

and managed to have the state opt out of the state exchange. The medicaid expansion was a much tougher battle. The expansion would have cost Tennessee tax payers more than $1.2 Billion in the next 9 years, and any savings from receiving the federal dollars would have been lost before 2016. Hospital Corporation of America and Pharmaceutic companies heavily financed the Governor’s election campaign and were all lobbying the Governor and legislators hard to accept the medicaid expansion so that big business could pad their wallets with more tax payer money. Many signs pointed to the Governor taking the expansion. He continuously told leadership within legislative plaza to keep legislation out of committee that would have blocked the expansion such as SB 804. The grassroots mobilized when the Libertarian Party and Tea Party came together and held rallies at legislative plaza.  They continued their battle by infiltrating the legislative process to show their support for blocking the expansion. The efforts of the grassroots seems to have paid off as Tennessee has just become the newest state to completely kick the Patient Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) to the curb. The final step in ensuring that Obamacare cannot find its way back into Tennessee is to pass the legislation slated for a vote today in the Tennessee legislative session and have the Governor sign off on it.

UPDATE: Tennessee Governor Sneaks in Expansion Behind the Back of Constituents in less than 8 Hours of the Publication of Above Article.

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19 comments for “Tennessee Becomes Newest State to Completely Block Obamacare

  1. James Arthur
    March 30, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    If you’ve seen the recent actuarial studies, Obamacare costs more. About 32% more.

    The emergency room cost-shifting will soon pale, when people discover they can (and should) game Obamacare by cancelling their insurance completely. The $95 penalty in 2014 is a lot cheaper than $5,000 per person for Obamacare’s worst plan. If you get sick and need insurance, Obamacare guarantees you can still buy it and they can’t charge you more.

    Obamacare simply takes all the worst aspects of health and medical care–all the things that have made it so expensive–and makes them mandatory.

  2. Sharon Gunter
    March 29, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    UPDATE: Tennessee Governor Sneaks in Expansion Behind the Back of Constituents in less than 8 Hours of the Publication of Above Article. EXPLINATION REQUIRED – HASLAM WILL ANSWER FOR THIS. GIVE US ZACK WAMP……….

  3. Bill Nada
    March 29, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    What a crock. He did not “Completely Block Obamacare”. He is doing what is allowed under law, for the state to come up with it’s own plan.

  4. Dr Billy Kidd
    March 29, 2013 at 4:10 am

    That’s right, the individual has the right to be priced out of the healthcare market, like 683,000 folks in Tennessee, who use the ER instead of having insurance. That’s liberty and justice for all….except the lazy or those working for minimun wages.

  5. Not_from_TN
    March 28, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    People in TN should try reading some books… socialistic medical plan? Really? Ha ha ha ha!

  6. Notat Yurkhom
    March 28, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Time to impeach that sneaky bum!

  7. Tol Dyaso
    March 28, 2013 at 2:17 am

    UPDATE: Tennessee Governor Sneaks in Expansion Behind the Back of Constituents in less than 8 Hours of the Publication of Above Article.

  8. Josh
    March 28, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Back woods rednecks…

  9. Mike Gallagher
    March 28, 2013 at 12:18 am

    This was all for show. Read the update at the bottom of the article. Haslam showed his true colors very shortly after this article was written. He’s just as sleazy as the libs

  10. March 27, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    If Lamar Alexander represented us like Gov Haslam, maybe the neighboring states’ coal mines would still be operating.

  11. Jean
    March 27, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I haven’t lived in Tennessee for many years but I was born and raised there. God bless all of you for having the gumption and courage to kick this awful socialistic medical plan to the curb.

  12. March 27, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    its getting close to voting time and the governor knows it….way to go tennessee!!!

  13. March 27, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    lets keep it rolling to the rest of the states and thank you Tennessee for standing up for the individual right of self-determination of healthcare

  14. March 27, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    I third that, “WAY TO GO TENNESSEE.”

  15. renee
    March 27, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    I second that “Way to go Tennessee”

  16. March 27, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Way to go Tennessee

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