Support & Criticism In TN For Graham-Cassidy Health Care Plan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Potentially two million Tennesseans could be affected by a new plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

 

A key part is giving states like Tennessee block grants of federal money to run Medicaid programs, which cover lower income individuals.

 

The Governor and Tennessee's two U.S. Senators support the new health care plan, but there is opposition.

 

The Governor was among 14 other Republican Governors who sent a letter to Senate leader Mitch McConnell supporting what is called the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

 

The Governor says, "I support a plan that responsibly and adequately funds block grants to states and provides maximum flexibility and control to states. The Graham-Cassidy legislation can meet both of these provisions and benefit Tennesseans by returning more of Tennesseans' taxpayer dollars to the state to serve the health care needs of our citizens."

 

“Almost 2-million veterans in the U.S. depend on Medicaid for their health care,” says veteran Kelly Gregory.

 

Gregory raised questions about the Graham-Cassidy bill not doing what the sponsors say. Here's what she said she told Senator Lamar Alexander's office.

 

“I told the young lady that answered the telephone that I was a terminal cancer patient who relied on Medicaid, and if this bill passes, I would lose what little access I had to health care and it would hasten my death,” says Gregory.

 

Another vet with criticism is State Democratic Rep. Mike Stewart. “This bill is being rammed through at the last moment to undermine health care without any real debate. What we know is the non-partisan Rand Corp., the only non-partisan group to weigh in, says this will be a travesty.”

 

Senator Alexander, who dropped his plans for a limited bi-partisan plan late Tuesday, released a statement saying, "I would like to vote for Graham-Cassidy because I like block grants and it appears to be good for Tennessee."

 


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