Governor, Speakers Still Eyeing Health Exchange Special Session

In Tennessee, House Speaker Beth Harwell told Governing (Magizine) that she has had preliminary discussions with Gov. Bill Haslam about holding a special session if the law stands.
An ad hoc committee for the exchange has been established, the governor’s office has continued to explore its feasibility and Harwell said the legislature could easily be recalled.
“It’s on the table,” she said.
Alexia Poe, Haslam’s director of communications, said there is a belief among the governor’s staff that the executive branch can do enough preparation before the next official legislative session to gain conditional approval from the federal government in January without a special session, but confirmed the possibility had been raised.
And while many state officials remain skeptical about the ACA’s long-term viability, Poe said Haslam believes Tennessee should take charge of its own exchange if necessary.
The governor “is less than thrilled with Obamacare and hopes it isn’t implemented,” she said. “But he also feels that it is our responsibility to be prepared in the event that it is implemented, and that the state running the exchange is the better thing for Tennessee to do.

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