AFP-TN Urges Rejection of Haslam “Insure TN” Plan

Press release from Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee; January 22, 2105:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee is considering expanding Medicaid under Obamacare with the Insure Tennessee program.  States that have chosen to expand Medicaid have faced unexpected financial hardship and skyrocketing healthcare costs.

The long-term financial liabilities and lack of a reliable exit clause are two of the many concerns with Insure Tennessee’s Obamacare expansion. Many have questioned whether it’s possible to opt-out of Medicaid expansion under Obamacare once implemented.

As states attempt to end their participation, Tennessee should watch and see how it plays out. There could be fallout from the federal government suing states or withholding traditional Medicaid funding, placing truly vulnerable citizens at risk.

Ballooning enrollment and uncontrollable costs put expansion plans in competition with other state priorities such as education, public safety and infrastructure.

“We are calling on our state officials to reject Obamacare expansion in Tennessee,” said Andrew Ogles, state director of Americans for Prosperity Tennessee.”Despite untrustworthy promises from the Obama administration that we can ‘try it before we buy it,’ this is the same administration that said, ‘If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.’ Our state does not need to go down the same disastrous road.”