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If TennCare is failure, how can ObamaCare be expected to even come close to working?

"TennCare was designed to replace Mediaid with managed care and use the promised savings to expand coverage. By 1998, TennCare swelled to cover 1.2 million people. Private business dropped coverage for employees and forced them onto state rolls. By 2002 enrollment had swelled to 1.4 million people and forced Tennessee's Governor to raise taxes and ultimately propose an entirely new state income tax to cover the unforeseen costs. Governor Bredesen was ultimately forced to dramatically restructure a program he has since called "a disaster". By 2006 Bredesen had disenrolled nearly 200,000 people and slashed benefits."


Asked by LoriKeet at 9:48 PM on Jul. 23, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Marsha Blackburn (congresswoman for TN) tried to tell everybody this, let's just hope they are listening. She is my rep and I emailed her applauding her and telling her to stand her ground. It is going to take our state YEARS to get out of this TennCare mess.

    Answer by kc932 at 10:06 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • Mass. is failing as well. Thats why its not going to happen nationwide.

    Answer by Carpy at 9:58 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • Yep but oh this is exactly what we need (eye roll).Great article

    Answer by tnmomofive at 10:01 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • I was particularly fond of this part (from the article):

    "The President's new health care czar was a critical link in the TennCare story. Serving as Human Services Commissioner in Tennessee and then as a key health staffer in the Clinton Administration, Nancy DeParle should be well aware of Tennessee's health care saga. We hope that she lists the kind of universal care that TennCare embodied in the "don't try again" column."

    Answer by LoriKeet at 10:23 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • damn crickets

    Answer by tnmomofive at 11:09 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • b/c tenncare is run by Tennessee. not by the federal gov't.

    Answer by ssnelson26 at 3:22 AM on Jul. 24, 2009


    THIS is what you can expect with ObamaCare.....

    Dizzy yet?! LOL


    Answer by LoriKeet at 8:17 AM on Jul. 24, 2009

  • Soo the federal government does such a wonderful job at ..what??

    Answer by tnmomofive at 9:41 AM on Jul. 24, 2009