Dear Governor Haslam,
I am asking you like so many other Tennesseans to accept medicaid expansion from the federal government. It is from the federal government by way of our federal taxes.
I understand the money situation and there is very little risk to our budget. On the contrary, the ACA is and will continue to be a huge stimulus to our economy. The job created alone will put millions in our tax coffers
As I watch headlines saying that teachers will not get their promised raise, that the tuition of state learning institutions will go up significantly while service will go down and many other state budget problems; I know you understand the tremendous benefit that the ACA medicaid expansion which fills the gap of uninsured would create the most significant boom to our economy over the next 10 years than any thing else out there.
So the only reason you aren’t really promoting medicaid expansion is because of your political fears. I ask you to think abut making new friends and quit living in fear of your old “friends”. You have to be realizing what this is going to look like in 3 years after other states begin to really reap the benefits of the full ACA and Tennessee citizens are struggling more than ever.
Folks need to “get over Obama Care” and help it be successful for the good that it is designed to do. Those that use the ACA and help improve it are going to be on the winning political side.
Please do what is best for all of us in Tennessee. Get medicaid expansion going for our state and fill the gap and bring in the money.