Thursday, April 27, 2006

Flexing Muscles or Guarding against Irresponsibility?

Tennessee Governor Phil Bredeson is accusing senate Republicans of "a lot of posturing" regarding his Cover Tennessee state subsidized insurance proposal, but it would seem that they are asking legitimate questions.

At this point in time, the legislature is being asked essentially to give a blank check to a program that still has uncertain benefits and lacks a funding mechanism beyond three years.

Bredeson counters, “Let’s take some venture capital, if you will, out of TennCare and run this for a couple of years and see where we are.” However, that would appear to be an incredibly risky proposition for a program that would potentially be so critical to so many people.

Senate Republican, and all of the taxpayers of Tennessee, need more answers.

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