Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Thursday, February 05, 2015


Sorry for the sucky blogging of late, coping with the weather and the challenges of continually removing snow from my 3/8 of a mile driveway has taken it out of me.

Anyway, the title of this post refers to Tennessee's Republican legislators, who wouldn't even take a vote on Republican governor Bill Haslam's plan to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. He had negotiated what's called a waiver with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services which included various stuff that conservatives like such as cost sharing by recipients and incentives for people to engage in healthy behaviors. The hospital association agreed to take on the state's share of costs so it wouldn't cost the state a penny.

But apparently the very idea of giving people health care is evil because of freedom. I got a press release from a wingnut group claiming the following:

“This is a great day for Tennessee and it’s a signal to all of the other legislators in states considering expansion that you can stand up for the people of your state,” said Tarren Bragdon, FGA CEO.
“Insure Tennessee would have been nothing short of a disaster for Tennessee’s taxpayers, patients, and healthcare system. We saw time and again in our polling and our work in the state that the people didn’t want ObamaCare expanded there. We are so proud to see the legislature stand up to a conservative governor trying to push the left’s agenda.”

That's right. Health care for the working poor would be a disaster for them. I'm not getting why, are you?


robin andrea said...

I have no answers, but I am utterly blown away by the continuing stupidity of our fellow citizens.

Shawn Adams said...
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