Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will make a stop in Nashville Thursday. She’s on a last-minute tour ahead of the deadline to enroll for health insurance.
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Brentwood Congressman Marsha Blackburn – who has spent countless cable TV interviews railing on Obamacare – remained relatively reserved Thursday.
Tennessee’s biggest Obamacare critics are trying to squelch any excitement for cheaper-than-expected insurance rates – 16 percent lower than original estimates. And the White House announced this week that the state will have some of the least expensive plans in the country.
Clinics around Tennessee are divvying up more than $3 million from the federal government to recruit people into the new health insurance exchange. One priority is signing up those who are young and healthy.
Nashville-based HCA says its doubtful one of the pivotal parts of the Affordable Care Act will start by a federal deadline. The nation’s largest for profit hospital company has been reluctant to talk about healthcare reform, but brought up state health exchanges at an investors conference in Orlando today.
Hundreds of Tea Party protesters rallied outside the state capitol Wednesday. One held a sign reading “Haslam-care.” They’re trying to dissuade Tennessee’s governor from setting up a state-based insurance exchange as envisioned in Obamacare.
Tennessee is one of a dwindling number of states yet to indicate whether it will run a health insurance exchange. Wednesday, Tea party groups have organized a rally outside the state capitol to discourage Governor Bill Haslam from going along with the federal government. He says he’s paying attention.