Never one to let a dead horse avoid being flogged again and again, the Governor and his allies in the hospital business refuse to give up. This despite a “don’t go there” admonition from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey.
After incessant dithering, Governor Hamlet finally quit second-guessing himself on whether or not the state should run its own Obamacare Health exchange. Considering how the federal Obamacare exchange has been an unmitigated disaster (motto: “16 people served and counting….”), RTP thinks the governor should be thanking the Tea Parties for helping prevent his self-immolation.
On one hand you had the combined might of the Chamber of Commerce, the Tennessee Hospital Association and the Red Boiling Springs Ladies Quilting Society lobbying their butts off trying to stick taxpayers with the increased costs of joining Obama and his expansion scheme.
What makes this even more interesting is that almost every single lobbyist or PR guru hired by the private sector to try and turn the tidal wave in favor of expansion has his or her roots in the Democratic party. Yeah, that’ll work: Hire Democrats to influence a legislature with a Republican supermajority. Genius! Why didn’t we think of that?
That’s sort of like UT re-hiring Lane Kiffen to be their new recruiting coach.
And the result was predictable: a slam dunk, in-your-face bill that requires the governor not to do anything until he asks the legislature for permission – sort of like a hall pass to go to the bathroom.
Already, numerous Republican governors in numerous states have rejected, paused or expressed serious doubts about ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion taxpayer boondoggle.
Now if Tennessee just had a conservative Republican governor, we would be in good shape. Oh, well…..