If the political electorate of the Volunteer State are scratching their collective heads today, don’t be surprised. After all, they elected — and re-elected — a guy who ran as a Republican while claiming to be a conservative. But in the Bizarro World of Bill Haslam, what is up is down, what is left is right. How else to explain why a “Republican” governor with a GOP super-duper majority would propose an expansion of the federal government’s socialist healthcare program while also needing the left-wing remnant known as the TN Democrat Caucus to pass the legislation?
Haslam to rely on Democrats for Medicaid reform
By Andy Sher and Kate Harrison Belz, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn.
Jan. 08–Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that he expects to need the votes of all the Democrats in the GOP-led Legislature to pass his market-driven approach to Medicaid expansion under the federal Affordable Care Act.
“I think that’s probably a fair observation that for this to pass, all the Democrats will have to be for it and, obviously, we’ll have to have enough people to get to 50 [votes] in the House and 17 in the Senate,” Haslam told reporters
By our calculations, Haslam believes he is looking at potentially 49 Republican “NO” votes just in the House on his Obamacare/Medicaid expansion boondoggle. That’s 67% — two thirds! — of the GOP House caucus that Haslam fears might decide to keep their campaign promise and vote against his Obamacare expansion.
The governor’s paid-under-the-table lobbyist and advisor, Tom Ingram, describes conservative Republicans who disagree with Haslam as mere “irritants.” If Ingram can take time away from his job as consultant to Democrat Charles Bone’s mayor’s race long enough to look over the whip numbers, he might realize the “irritants” could easily morph into a mob.
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