Statement from Gov. Phil Bredesen, March 22, 2010:
“I congratulate the President on the passage of his health care legislation. This is a significant accomplishment for his Administration that will allow more than 30 million additional Americans full access to our health care system. I have long been a believer in the need for universal health coverage, and believe that this advances that goal.
“The expansion of Medicaid which is incorporated in this legislation presents some challenges to Tennessee, as it does to other states as well. We are starting the process of determining just what changes we’ll need to make to implement and pay for this Medicaid expansion, although most of the work in this regard will of course fall to the next Governor. I will work hard for the remainder of my term to prepare to implement this reform and transition to a much broader system of health coverage here in Tennessee.”