State Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, leader of the House minority caucus, says there’s both a financial and ethical case to make for the expansion of Medicaid as envisioned in Obamacare. The Ripley Democrat says getting more government dollars to rural hospitals ought to be a key priority to state lawmakers and Haslam administration policymakers next year.
“There is a question that is going to come up abut the expansion of Medicaid. Our caucus is firmly behind that,” Fitzhugh told reporters during a press conference in his office on Dec. 18. “We think it would expand our Medicaid program to set up the new standards under the Affordable Care Act, which we all know is the law now, and it is going to be the law, and we as Tennesseans may as well take advantage of it. And it would be frankly nearly irresponsible — certainly, morally irresponsible — not to expand the Medicaid population, especially because it is in fact going to be cost effective to Tennessee and Tennesseans.”