Associated Press, JACKSON, Tenn. — Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday kicked off a statewide
tour to make the hard sell for his proposal to extend health coverage to
more than 200,000 low-income Tennesseans.
“This is not Obamacare,” Haslam told reporters after the event. “This is a different program that puts incentives in there for healthy behavior both on the user side and on the medical care provider side.
“And it won’t cost Tennessee taxpayers another dime,” he said.
Hospitals have agreed to cover any extra costs to the state that Haslam’s Medicaid proposal would incur, and the governor said he will obtain guarantees from the federal government that the state can drop out of the program at any time. (link)