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Gov. Bill Haslam met with Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell in Ramsey’s legislative office Thursday morning to discuss the pros and cons of embracing key pillars of the health care law.

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House Speaker Beth Harwell says she’s “really torn” over whether the state should embrace Obamacare enough to build virtual marketplaces for people and businesses to purchase health care coverage. A wave of governors from Southern states have indicated they’ll take a pass and let the federal government manage the Obamacare-mandated exchanges themselves, an idea the […]

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Press release from the Department of Commerce & Insurance; July 26, 2012: NASHVILLE, TN – This is a reminder that Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak will be conducting outreach meetings across the state to gather input about the health conditions that should be covered under essential health benefit categories. These public meetings are […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam was mentioned prominently in a Forbes piece Thursday, after he and four other GOP governors said they would consider an expansion of Medicaid under the federal health care reform law if the money were awarded as a block grant. “Obviously, as a Republican, I’m with those folks who say, if you can […]

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He leaves Friday for Williamsburg, Va. for the 104th annual meeting of the NGA. One facet of the SCOTUS ruling that’s been particularly interesting to Haslam is that the feds apparently can’t punish states for refusing to expand Medicaid.

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Editorial from Rep. Joshua Evans, R-Greenbrier; July 6, 2012:   Throughout this week of celebrating our Independence, I hope that, in addition to the fireworks and the barbecues, each of us takes the time to reflect on the system that our Founding Fathers so wisely developed. Influenced by the experiences of other nations where citizens […]

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The House Speaker and other top officials say they’re not sure what their next move is to resist the health care overhaul if President Obama dashes their hopes of a repeal by winning re-election. Statehouse Democrats avoided media altogether following release of the opinion Thursday.

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Statement from Senator Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet; Rep. Linda Elam, R-Mt. Juliet; and Rep. Mark Pody, R-Lebanon; June 28, 2012:  ( WILSON COUNTY, TN) June 28, 2012 – Three Tennessee lawmakers who have fought tirelessly over the past two years to thwart the implementation of “Obamacare” in the state of Tennessee were disappointed by the […]

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Statement from Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville; June 28, 2012: Statement from Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris regarding the U.S. Supreme Court Decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (NASHVILLE, TN), June 28, 2012 — This is one of the most important decisions by the Supreme Court in our lifetime,” said Leader […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam says he is still at odds with federal health care reforms despite the high court’s decision to uphold the law. But he’s surprised the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states cannot be forced into expanding their Medicaid programs within the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” Haslam offered his thoughts on the […]

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Press Release from the Democratic Party of Tennessee, June 28, 2012: NASHVILLE – Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act. “The Supreme Court affirmed what a majority of Congress and the President already knew; that the Affordable Care Act is a […]

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Statement from Tennessee Citizen Action; June 28, 2012:  JUSTICE FOR CONSUMERS FTW!!!* The Affordable Care Act already benefits more than 100 million people including thousands of seniors, small businesses, women and children in Tennessee. Today’s announcement signals an end to constitutional debates and finally allows us all to move forward so Tennesseans can get the […]

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