VIDEO: BLOCK GRANTS VS. MEDICAID EXPANSION (Floor Debate Highlights)
Tennessee has lost $3.1 Million every single day since refusing to expand medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, which amounts to over $7 Billion and counting. 300,000 Tennesseans remain without coverage as a result, including 25,000 veterans.
The state leads the country in rural hospital closures, which even some Republicans say would be helped by expanding Medicaid.
Governor Haslam wanted to expand Medicaid. 37 other states have expanded Medicaid, including in “Red” states like Louisiana, to very positive results.
Instead, Tennessee’s Republicans are trying to have the Federal Government send the funding to the state in the form of a block grant, despite the warnings of many experts, who point out that block grants would cover fewer people, not more, and would do nothing to address the health care inequities in our state or to help with rural hospital closures.
Watch the FLOOR DEBATE HIGHLIGHTS:
The refrain from Republicans like Rep. Andy Holt is that we shouldn’t get “tangled up” with the federal government – which seems to ignore the fact that Tennessee is already tangled up with it plenty – between, the TVA, the V.A., Fort Campbell, Medicare, Social Security, SNAP, Oak Ridge National Lab, K-12 Federal funding, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the list goes on.
In fact, for every $1 Tennessee sends to the Federal Government it receives $1.46 in Federal spending.
This isn’t fiscal responsibility, it’s putting politics ahead of people.
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