Former GOP leader/lobbyist leads new Insure TN promotional campaign

The Tennessee Hospital Association earlier this year formed a spinoff group – named Tennesseans for a Responsible Future — to promote Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, a Medicaid expansion move that failed in the 2015 legislative session. Now, the group has chosen Adam Nickas, a former political operative for the state Republican party and more recently a lobbyist, as executive director.

Here’s the press release from Tennesseans for a Responsible Future:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennesseans for a Responsible Future (TRF) announced Adam Nickas as Executive Director. A Nashville resident and Memphis-area native, Nickas served as Executive Director of the Tennessee Republican Party during the 2012 election cycle and Political Director during the 2010 cycle. TRF was launched in January 2016 with the goal of promoting healthcare policies that benefit Tennesseans.

“I am proud to join Tennesseans for a Responsible Future and advocate for the health and prosperity of Tennesseans through sound healthcare policies, including increasing access to affordable healthcare coverage for Tennesseans,” said Nickas. “This effort is not simply about Insure Tennessee. It is about insuring Tennesseans, enabling 280,000 of our hard-working neighbors, friends and veterans to access affordable healthcare coverage. I am convinced we can accomplish that goal with a responsible, conservative program designed by Tennessee, for Tennessee.”

Over the next several weeks, Nickas will lead a TRF kickoff tour across the state to begin meeting with business, community and faith leaders to educate them on the benefits of increasing access to affordable healthcare coverage for hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans. Community meetings and events will continue throughout the summer.

“I am eager to work directly with folks across the state to educate Tennessee residents about the health, economic and community benefits of insuring Tennesseans. Beginning today, we will be traveling across the state to lay the foundation for this effort,” added Nickas.

Nickas brings more than 10 years of campaign and political experience in Tennessee to TRF. In addition to his role with TRF, Nickas will continue in his role as a consultant for Capitol Resources where he specializes in government relations and communication strategies on a broad spectrum of public policy issues. Prior to joining Capitol Resources, Nickas served as Executive Director and Political Director for the Tennessee Republican Party, where he worked with legislative candidates across Tennessee to successfully build supermajorities in the Tennessee General Assembly. Previously, Nickas worked on Republican campaigns in Mississippi, Iowa and throughout Tennessee.

Note: For more, see Nashville Post Politics’ report.