Haslam takes unscheduled trip to D.C., likely to talk Medicaid expansion

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 5:46pm

Gov. Bill Haslam was supposed to be at a financial literacy event in Nashville today but instead is in Washington, D.C., likely touching base with officials about how he wants to go about expanding Medicaid.

Satisfying Republicans in the legislature, Haslam announced last month he would pass on expanding the state’s TennCare rolls using federal dollars under the Affordable Care Act, but instead try to find a third option that would allow using that money toward private insurance.

When asked what the governor was doing in the nation’s capitol, administration spokesman Dave Smith said the governor was attending the Memphis Soul music event at the White House and “other meetings, but I imagine Medicaid to certainly be one of the topics discussed.”

The governor was originally scheduled to attend an event on Capitol Hill focusing on financial literacy in Tennessee Tuesday, before he cancelled to be in Washington, D.C.

4 Comments on this post:

By: pswindle on 4/9/13 at 4:00

He wants public money for private healthcare insurance. I hope he is turned down. He has a choice and that is Obamacare. If he gets his way, it will be the same as we now have. They can turn down needed healthcare and there is nothing that one can do.

By: Rocket99 on 4/10/13 at 7:48

The Feds need to say NO to Little Billy and send him home.

I find it very interesting that almost all of the states who have rejected or are considering rejecting the Affordable Healthcare Act are the Old South.

By: joe41 on 4/10/13 at 8:20

He should have been at the financial literacy conference. He might have a better shot at being more useful to the citizens of Tennessee.

By: reallyist on 4/10/13 at 6:59

@Rocket99 "I find it very interesting that almost all of the states who have rejected or are considering rejecting the Affordable Healthcare Act are the Old South."

A quick fact check reveals that, in addition to "the Old South," ME, NJ, PA, OH, IN, WI, MO, TX, OK, KS, NE, SD, ND, MT, WY, AZ, and AK have all refused to set up an insurance exchange under the ACA (for a total of 26 states). Also, AK, ID, IN, IA, ME, NE, OK, PA, TX, and WY have refused to expand medicaid under ACA .

Much to the detriment of your implication, the rejection of ACA has nothing to do with racism Rather, it's the direct result of ramming through a piece of legislation through procedural loopholes in congress when well over half the country opposed the measure from the beginning, a sentiment that has yet to dissipate.

I'm waiting for liberals/progressives to wake up and realize that the only cheerleaders they have in this fight are insurance companies and hospitals. That should be a red flag. The bill does nothing to serve the healthcare needs of the poor and disadvantaged. In fact, by forcing healthcare costs even higher, it simply pads the wallets of insurance execs and hospital administrators.