State of Tennessee Archives: on Health Care
Must provide health coverage, if not Insure Tennessee
Last week, the decision was made [in a special session of the legislature] not to move forward with Insure Tennessee. However, that does not mean the issues around health care go away. Too many Tennesseans are still not getting health coverage they need
in the right way, in the right place, at the right time. An emergency room is not the place where so many Tennesseans should be going for health care services. It's not the best health care for them, and it's costing us a lot more in the long run.
Health care costs are still eating up too much of our state's budget and impacting the federal deficit and nation's debt. If we maintained health care costs at their current levels, which we know are inflated, for the next eight years--just kept them
flat--we'd eliminate the nation's deficit. To do that, we can't keep doing what we have been doing. So, though the special session has ended, I hope we can find a way to work together to address those problems.
Source: State of the State address to 2015 Tennessee Legislature
Feb 9, 2015
ObamaCare is over the top, but keep the good parts
The Affordable Healthcare Act has a number of good provisions:
We cannot roll back these and other necessary provisions, because they are too important for American families.
However, any legislation that is over 2,200 pages long and is administered by the IRS is, from its inception, way over-the-top. We must fix this, retaining provisions that benefit citizens and throwing out the bad ones.
It is inconceivable to me that anyone in Congress read all of this bill before it was passed.
Source: 2014 Tennessee Senate campaign website, GordonBallSenate.com
Aug 7, 2014
- Ending the practice of insurance companies denying people with preexisting conditions
- Allowing young people to stay on their parents' insurance until age 26
Providing tax breaks for small businesses who provide health care
- Preventing insurance discrimination against women
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, tukefortennessee.com, ďIssuesĒ
Jun 3, 2008
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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