Bill Haslam's plan to fix Tennessee's 'broken' healthcare system

Speaking at a special legislative session of the Tennessee General Assembly, Republican governor Bill Haslam urged lawmakers to pass his new Insure Tennessee proposal. The plan would extend Medicaid coverage to over 280,000 low-income Tennesseans using federal dollars. "This is not Obamacare," Haslam said. "If it was, it wouldn't have taken us this long to negotiate. We have done what you asked us to do and what we said we would do. We found a unique, Tennessee solution." Echoing Republican Wyoming governor Matt Mead's sentiment, Haslam said "that flat out saying no to accepting federal dollars that Tennesseans are paying for, that are going to other states and that could cover more Tennesseans who truly need insurance" didn't make much sense. Speech