Gov. Haslam’s Insure Tennessee plan fails again

Governor Haslam, Insure Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal has failed once again.

The proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans was defeated 6-2 in the Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday. It failed in a special legislative session last month.

The measure was resurrected on a 6-2 vote in the Senate Health Committee last week.

Prospects for passage this last time were slim, even though Haslam tried to make his case with individual committee members.

Under the two-year pilot program, hospitals would cover the $74 million state share to draw down $2.8 billion in federal Medicaid funds.

Many opponents of the measure have been unable to overcome their trepidation about voting for a program tied to President Barack Obama’s health care law.

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