Haslam On Health Care Ruling

Tn. Gov. Bill Haslam’s statement in its entirety reacting to today’s federal court ruling declaring the Obama health care reform law unconstitutional.

“Today’s ruling was a crucial step in our fight against President Obama’s unaffordable healthcare mandate. I declared this law an ‘intolerable expansion of federal power’ when the bill was passed by Congress last March, and Judge Vinson’s ruling is yet another confirmation that the federal government significantly overstepped its authority.

“Our goal should be advocating for an approach that embraces healthy choices and personal responsibility and accountability for a healthy lifestyle. As governor, I am committed to controlling costs and improving Tennessee’s health status. Forcing mandates on states and individuals is entirely the wrong approach.

“We need to encourage our national leaders to use appropriate insights into the health care system to bring about real reform.”

3 Responses to “Haslam On Health Care Ruling”

  1. Strawberry says:

    The Federal Government should stop giving states money for "Medicaid" and make all states pay for its own health care. Too much money is given to states for Medicaid and Medicare. The Federal government should get all states of the Welfare Payroll and make them pay for Medicaid and Medicare. That would settle that problem.

    • Frank says:

      I don't think so! As a matter of FACT, if you study Sweden or Canada or other progressive countries you will find that NATIONAL HEALTH CARE and NOT INSURANCE is what works best and is CHEAPEST! A LARGE pool of people paying in mostly for those who are elderly and the very young makes sense, THINK about it…..and of course most Americans need to change diets and exercise and live a HEALTHY lifestyle……

  2. Bill Catlette says:

    If correctly quoted herein, Gov. Haslam's comments on the health care reform law are regrettable and remarkably shortsighted. I've a sneaking suspicion that politicians who both comment and shape policy on health care would sing a very different tune if required to first drop their own taxpayer funded coverage and replace it on the open market, pre-existing conditions and all.

    In this case, reverting to the pre-reform model is the most expensive, least competitive thing we could do. E.g., having 40 million people use the nearest hospital as their primary care physician is wasteful, and it transfers the cost burden to the rest of us. Expecting American employers to continue as the primary payor for health insurance, as they are today, burdens them with an immediate $3/hour cost overhang that virtually none of their foreign competitors has. Moreover, we already know that the health outcomes it produces puts us on par with 3rd world nations.

    If he (and others) have solutions to the problem, let's hear them. Sticking your head in the sand (or somewhere else) and pretending that the problems don't exist is irresponsible, and a luxury we can no longer afford. Come on, let's get this thing fixed!

    Bill Catlette

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