A consensus appears to have formed that the current leadership at TennCare has adroitly managed the operation — and the days of upheaval seem to have subsided, for now. But the new governor will find that cost-containment problems have not been solved.

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Rep. Debra Maggart of Hendersonville sees no double standard resulting from her current support of a George W. Bush-era juvenile sex-offender mandate from the federal government. Keeping sex offenders at bay is entirely different than expanding public education or government-run health care, she says.