Bredesen Says All Health Care Bills Hit States Hard

Governor Phil Bredesen said Friday health care overhaul couldn’t come at a worse time for states, as most deal with continually shrinking tax revenues.

After hearing President Barack Obama lay out his plan this week, Bredesen says he’s not convinced the federal government won’t just shift expenses to the state level.

“The problem is the devil is always in the details on these and he’s not going to veto a bill that’s so important to him because it lays some costs on the states, so we’re working very hard with the congress to make sure they understand how important this is to us.”

Unlike the federal government, the state must end each year with a balanced budget. Bredesen says any increase in the state’s health care costs will have a direct impact on education funding.

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