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Beacon Center Tennessee Policy Snapshot for November

Press release from the Beacon Center of Tennessee; November 1, 2012: 

A cure for what ails us

Over the next few months, Tennessee officials will have to make vital choices about the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Decisions confronting policymakers include whether to expand Medicaid and to set up a state health insurance exchange. A new Beacon Center report, “A Cure for What Ails Us,” calls on state lawmakers to reject an unaffordable and immoral expansion of Medicaid and reveals the serious consequences a state insurance exchange would spell for taxpayers. You can read the report here.

Nat’l healthcare expert headlines Beacon event

Dr. John Goodman, president and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis, headlined a Beacon Center event on healthcare reform at the Downtown Sheraton Hotel in Nashville last week. Widely recognized as the “Father of Health Savings Accounts,” Goodman’s health policy blog is a must read for free marketers interested in healthcare policy. He is the author of Patient Power and, most recently, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis. TNreport.com caught up with Dr. Goodman prior to the event. A story and exclusive video can be found here.

A shortage of musicians…in Music City?

A new Tennessee Watchdog story addresses city officials’ worry that Nashville, commonly known as “The Music Capital of the World,” has a sudden shortage of creative talent. Officials with Nashville’s Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency are overseeing a new government project called the Ryman Lofts, an apartment complex scheduled to open in 2013 to house aspiring artists. For the full story on this taxpayer-funded luxury, click here.

TVA’s pension shortfall = higher electric bills

In a recent interview with TNReport.com, Beacon CEO Justin Owen explains how electricity consumers will be on the hook for the Tennessee Valley Authority’s massive pension shortfall, which currently totals $4.5 billion. “The (TVA) story is symptomatic of a larger problem,” Owen said. “What it amounts to is political promises. Now we’re seeing that many of those promises… are empty promises.” This shortfall could cost 98 percent of Tennessee households about $450 in higher electricity bills. For the full story and video interview click here.