State of Tennessee Archives: on Health Care

Bob Tuke: National health care insurance exchange

I support a national health care insurance exchange that would provide access to everyone. This would reform the private insurance market by creating rules and standards for participating insurance plans to ensure fairness & to make individual coverage more affordable & accessible. Insurers would have to issue every applicant a policy that offers fair & stable premiums that will not depend upon health status. The plan must cover all essential medical services, including preventive & mental health care.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website,, ďIssuesĒ Jun 3, 2008

Don Sundquist: We must save TennCare, for children & the needy

Thanks to our TennCare program, more children are being immunized. More women seek and get prenatal care. Infant mortality is at an all-time low. Fewer people are being treated in hospital emergency rooms.

We were the first state to make health care available to every child. Thatís a commitment we need to keep. Itís not just children who depend on TennCare. Itís our neighbors, our friends and our families who wouldnít have health insurance any other way. And for every dollar that goes to care for these people, the state pays only 18 cents. TennCare must be saved.

Let me speak very plainly. If TennCare fails, our only real alternative is to drop 350,000 Tennesseans who canít get basic, affordable health insurance. We would do our best to continue to cover our children. But we would shift to a stripped-down, managed-care program for our federally mandated Medicaid population. We will not go to a fee-for-service arrangement. Thatís a bad alternative, and itís not my choice.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Tennessee legislature Jan 29, 2001

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