In wake of the failure of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Medicaid expansion plan,”Insure Tennessee,” Democratic leaders in the state’s General Assembly have filed several bills to keep the issue alive.
In addition to wanting to restart the discussion on “Insure Tennessee,” which died in committee during the special session on Feb. 4, a measure’s been introduced to repeal the “Stop Obamacare Act,” which requires the governor to win legislative approval before agreeing to any Medicaid expansion arrangements with the federal government. Democrats also want to discuss signing on to the Affordable Care Act’s more straightforward extension of existing government-financed health coverage to a larger population of lower income citizens. Another bill would extend government-subsidized health coverage to part-time state employees eligible in the same manner health insurance is offered to the state’s elected legislators.
Speaking in this video first is Mike Stewart, the Tennessee House Democratic caucus chairman. To his right is Jeff Yarbro, the Senate Democratic Caucus chairman and Lee Harris, the Senate Democratic leader.