Harwell, Casada reject Democrats’ call for special session

In a perhaps unusual move, House Republican leaders have responded to Thursday’s House Democrats holding a news conference and issuing a press release urging a special legislative session on Medicaid expansion.  (Usually such Democrat doings are ignored.) They spurned the idea.

House Speaker Beth Harwell: “As Speaker of the House, I believe that instead of calling for a wasteful special session to expand a program that is failing, we as State Representatives and Senators should instead call on Congress to return healthcare back to the states without strings attached so we can begin to develop a better, more affordable program for Tennesseans.”

House Majority Leader Glen Casada“As Republican leaders of our state, we want to get rid of the disaster of Obamacare, not support a broken healthcare system that has become a drain on Tennessee families and backed insurance providers into a corner. 

Republicans want real solutions, not political promises that would result in more bureaucracy, higher costs, and drive a bigger wedge between patients and doctors. Obamacare has caused insurance rates to skyrocket to a point where the middle class can no longer afford coverage. 

Medicaid expansion has been an abysmal failure for those states that have participated. Here in Tennessee, we are committed to improving the health and quality of life for all Tennesseans through free market principles that demonstrate real results.

Note: The House Democratic Caucus press release is posted HERE.

One Response to Harwell, Casada reject Democrats’ call for special session

  • Michael Lottman says:

    These blowhards have not done the first thing to provide health care to low-income Tennesseans or to improving their quality of life, and this reaction is newsworthy only because they have taken the trouble to reject the Democrats’ attempt to do something rather than ignore the issue entirely. People who applaud the Republicans’ position will wake up some day to find that their local hospitals have closed and their doctors moved elsewhere, meaning that not only low-income individuals but also all other members of their community are now forced to seek care and treatment elsewhere. Nine small or rural hospitals in TN have already been lost, one of the highest numbers anywhere. True, many of those needing care will find it when their situation becomes sufficiently dire, and instead of the federal government guess who is going to pay for it?

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