Maybe He’s Been Reading Bredesen’s Book

Picking up on a theme that made former Gov. Phil Bredesen a favorite Democrat among national Republicans on the subject of health care reform, Bill Haslam said Tuesday a dose of “economic reality” is needed to keep down the cost of medical services.
A further excerpt from the TNReport:
Haslam said patients typically don’t think much about costs when they shoulder little or none of the burden of payment. The governor even phrased his diagnosis of what ails Medicaid in the way Bredesen used to. Low-income recipients of care — and for that matter, consumers in general — don’t have “enough economic skin in the game, if you will,” said Haslam.
Haslam delivered his remarks before hundreds of high school girls at the Volunteer Girls State organization at Lipscomb University in Nashville. The annual event involves rising seniors from schools throughout the state who are chosen based on academic and leadership potential. First Lady Crissy Haslam joined her husband in answering questions after he gave a speech.

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