Tuesday, December 11, 2012

TN Gov. Haslam Refuses to Set Up Health Exchange, Gives Control to Feds

Tennessee Governor Haslam has aligned himself with the Tea Party and handed over control of the federally mandated health insurance exchange to the feds.

That's fine. In my view, the federal government will likely do a far better job than Tennessee could ever hope to do.  After all, the feds want 'ObamaCare' to succeed. The hard-right Republicans who rule this state most assuredly do not.

Ceding control to the feds will only hasten the day when single payer becomes the law of the land.
Haslam claims politics had nothing to do with his decision. Malarkey.  Tennessee's rightwing lawmakers are dead set against a state run health exchange. They would never let it pass:
NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam's decision Monday to keep state government out of the health insurance exchange business and defer to a federally run exchange was politically popular with conservatives but may end up costing Tennesseans more in the long run. The governor notified U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that "Tennessee will not be pursuing a state-based insurance exchange" — a one-stop marketplace for consumers and businesses to compare competing commercial health insurance plans and buy the plans they choose.