Trousdale County Democrats are calling on Gov. Bill Haslam to call a special session of the state legislature so that Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver and Sen. Ferrell Haile can vote on the governor’s Insure Tennessee plan.
In a recent poll conducted by Vanderbilt University, 64 percent of registered voters participating in the survey favored Insure Tennessee.
“The people of Tennessee are telling their elected officials to expand health care to 280,000 hardworking Tennesseans, many of whom are our neighbors and friends. They are a part of our community,” said John Oliver, chairman of the Trousdale County Democratic Party.
Insure Tennessee, which would expand the state’s Medicaid program, failed in an early February special session after Republican senators killed it in a committee vote.
“Democrats will continue to fight for opportunity for all, strong families and communities, and effective and accountable government. We want the entire Tennessee General Assembly to vote on and pass this plan to provide coverage for the families in our community caught in an insurance gap. Recently, the media highlighted the fact that Republican lawmakers and their families have access to affordable state health care plans. Why won’t they also allow hardworking Tennesseans access to health care like they do?” said Mary Mancini, chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party.
Insure Tennessee would also bring funds into Tennessee hospitals, especially rural hospitals which struggle to deal with rising health care costs and charity care.
Four rural hospitals have closed in Tennessee in the last year, among them Brownville Hospital – the only hospital in Haywood County.
For more information contact Jim Falco, secretary/treasurer of the Trousdale County Democratic Party, by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 615-374-0416.