Dear Governor Haslam:
This is my 123rd letter to you.
It is about a missing voice.
It sounds like there may soon be a Tennessee Plan and if that is so I along with so many other people are so grateful to you that the process has started. It is a process you know and not a product. You will present your version of what you think is possible and politically practical. Others will argue that nothing is either possible or practical. But if you are not careful in this whole discussion a major voice will be missing. It will be the voice of those in the coverage gap, the poor assumed not to have anything worth hearing or listening to. It will be the voice of a lived experience. It will be the voice not of what can we do but the voice of we can’t afford not to do.