“Just like the governors of Arkansas and Florida, Gov. Bill Haslam is trying to have it both ways: he wants to earn credit from Americans concerned about the government takeover of healthcare for rejecting the Medicaid expansion, while getting a special deal from the Obama Administration on the side,” said Kurt Potter of 912 Project Tennessee, a group affiliated with the Tea Party Patriots. “This ‘third way’ tries to get more taxpayer dollars for a failed healthcare system. Only the passage of the Health Care Compact for Tennessee can exact true healthcare reform for the long term. We urge the Tennessee legislature to reject Gov. Haslam’s proposal and instead pass the Health Care Compact.”
Under the Health Care Compact, Congress would send billions of dollars — $11 billion in Tennessee’s case — to a bunch of states that banded together to run Medicaid and Medicare as they saw fit. It’s a cockamamie idea that burst forth from the fevered imaginations of the right wing during the debate over the Affordable Care Act.