The Tennessee Justice Center brought its campaign to revive Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal to Kingsport this week, reports the Times-News under the headline, “Insure Tennessee is dead, but don’t tell that to advocates.”
Within the article, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey is quoted as saying Insure Tennessee has “zero chance” of getting through the Legislature next year.
“There’s nothing to prevent a legislator from bringing it forward,” Ramsey said of Insure Tennessee. “There’s a possibility that one of the Democrats will bring it forward, but I think most people are in the same boat I’m in, that we’re a year away from a presidential election, and things are going to change in Washington one way or the other and I think most of the Republican candidates are saying they want to give states their Medicaid money in block grants and let them design their own program with no strings attached. I think we’re one year away from that.”