Dear Governor Haslam:
This is my ninth letter.
I want to talk about problem solving. You are a businessman and you know a lot about that.
The curse of government in Tennessee has been solving short-term problems by creating long-term problems. Simply, if you refuse to pay for services you must pay for the consequences caused by the lack of those services. Normally those consequences are much worse and much more costly. Sometimes the take a little longer to show and are easier to ignore.
The expansion of TennCare is a perfect example. Sickness and illness of all sorts and kinds will have a consequence in the lives of the over 100,000 who are denied access to decent medical care. It will have a consequence in the lives of their families. It will have a consequence for their communities. It will have a consequence for the lives of everyone who touches their lives in any way. It will touch us all. It will have profound financial repercussions. It will have profound social repercussions. It will have profound moral repercussions.
It for many people will become what it means to be a Tennessean. That cant be what you want.
Look ahead. Act in the long-term interests of your customers. There is a reality more real than the starkest political reality. Ask someone who is sick with nowhere to turn. Ask someone who fears the system set up to help them in the end will kill them. Please look ahead.
I would not have your job for anything. I have a hard time being responsible for me. I cant imagine dealing with the responsibility you have.
Governor you owe us your best. We need your best. Please stand up for TennCare expansion. Please.