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Issue Position: Health Care

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I believe that the newly passed healthcare legislation will put the state in an even more difficult financial position. I hope there are ways Tennessee can avoid the massive expenses that I feel are forthcoming because of this bill. There is no doubt that the healthcare problem must be addressed and that some people need help with medical expenses. But my question is who is going to end up paying for these services? The state already has its hands full tightening the budget on TennCare and removing its wasteful spending. Healthcare reform is an obvious need, but what we do not need is the federal government heading it up and managing it. As is often the case, government hasn't reformed healthcare, they are simply shifting the cost from one group of people to another in order to pay for it. They have a long track record of bad management full of fraud and excesses.


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