To the readers. Another note

It is not done.  Governor Haslam has said he will submit a Tennessee and may do that very soon.  That is the beginning of the most important part of the conversation.  What happens now will help to define the conversation that the legislature will walk into when they come back into session.  Share your opinions.  Share your voice.  Share your needs and your vision of Tennessee for all Tennesseans.

As part of that effort I hope to raise my voice louder.  On Sundays I am going to start reposting some of the most important letters from Dear Governor Haslam that highlight different parts of the issues.

We have a real chance to win.  Speak loudly.

Thanks

Larry

The 123rd letter: The missing voice

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.

Listen please.

Until tomorrow.

Yours truly,

Larry Drain

The 122nd letter: It is not about business

Dear Governor Haslam:

This is my 122nd letter to you.

Your defense of Darrin Gordon was as best I could tell was that he was a good businessman.  Your criticism of the Tennessee Justice Center was that they got in the way of running a good business.

Governor it is not about good business.  It is about the welfare of individual people in a system that sometimes doesn’t care much about individual people.  The assumption that government will protect the rights of the people it serves independent of some type of oversight is naive at best and foolish at worst.  In your case it is self serving.  It serves to try to invalidate criticism you don’t want to hear.

You can’t do better for Tennessee if you don’t do better for Tennesseans.  The problems with Tenn Care were brought to your and Mr. Gordon’s attention long before any suit was filed.  And those efforts were ignored.  Governor it is time for you to accept accountability and move on.

It is about so much more than good business.

Until tomorrow.

Yours truly,

Larry Drain

The 121st letter: a long night

Dear Governor Haslam:

This is my 121st letter to you.

Linda was sick tonight.  Her headaches are often non stop now.  Somehow she copes and goes on.  I honestly don’t know how.  No medicine will help the doctors say.  She needs surgery but the surgery is dangerous, really dangerous and she is trying to learn to live with the pain.

It will be a long night.  I took her home and left her.  I had about a 20 mile ride.  She is alone.  And it is so wrong.

Expand Tenn Care.  We want our life back.  We deserve it.  I wish you had some skin in the game of making it happen.  I just don’t know you do.

Until tomorrow.

Yours truly,

Larry Drain