Healthcare Task Force Meets

April 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Healthcare, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

Speaker Beth Harwell’s healthcare task force held its first meeting yesterday, and learned about the current state of healthcare access in Tennessee. From the Tennessean regarding the current coverage gap: Those who are in the gap do not qualify for Medicaid coverage and don’t make enough to qualify for tax credits to buy insurance from the […]

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The Importance of Insure Tennessee

April 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Good Government, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

I talk with NewsChannel5’s Ben Hall on OpenLine about the importance of Insure Tennessee:   Related Posts:Healthcare Task Force MeetsHarwell’s Impossible MissionNot Even KiddingTurning Up the Heat on HarwellTonight at 7!

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Tonight at 7!

April 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Healthcare, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

Tonight at 7PM I’ll be live on Open Line on NewsChannel5+ in Nashville discussing access to healthcare and Insure Tennessee. Last week, we saw Speaker Beth Harwell announce a task force instead of proposing action on access to affordable healthcare. There’s no clear plan yet. Task force members have yet to talk to the federal government, who must […]

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ALEC’s Influence in Tennessee

We’ve told you before about one of ALEC’s favorite Tennessee lawmakers, Senator Brian Kelsey. Now, a story from Rick Locker about ALEC’s super-sized influence at the General Assembly. Locker reports: Indeed, ALEC is ingrained in the Tennessee Legislature, particularly among majority Republicans. Eighteen Tennessee lawmakers spent just over $53,000 in taxpayer money to attend ALEC […]

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Harwell’s Impossible Mission

April 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Healthcare, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

Following Speaker Beth Harwell’s disappointing healthcare announcement on Monday, Tennessee Citizen Action and others criticized her lack of decisive action in the direction of improving access to care. The Tennessean noticed: Underwhelming is the kindest way to describe the response to Speaker Beth Harwell’s “3-Star Healthy Project,” a task force to prepare alternatives to Gov. […]

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Not Even Kidding

I’m not even kidding. House Speaker Beth Harwell held a press conference today to make what she labeled a “major healthcare announcement.” After Governor Haslam spent nearly a year and a half developing Insure Tennessee, the legislature has spent two consecutive sessions avoiding votes and serious discussions of the plan that would provide access to healthcare […]

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Barry Moves Forward on Affordable Housing

April 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Economic Justice, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

Despite efforts in the General Assembly led by Franklin Rep. Glen Casada to thwart affordable housing initiatives in Tennessee’s cities, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is moving forward with a significant investment in an affordable housing plan. The Tennessean reports: Mayor Megan Barry on Monday pledged $10 million to boost affordable housing in Nashville, a jolt […]

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Casada vs. Consumers

The Tennessean reports that Rep. Glen Casada has a new enemy: Consumers seeking affordable housing in Tennessee. From the story: Legislation that would prohibit municipalities in Tennessee from mandating that developers include affordable housing in new residential development is headed to the desk of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam. The Tennessee House of Representatives voted 72-23 […]

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Of Shoes and InsureTN

April 6, 2016 by  
Filed under Healthcare, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

WPLN reports that InsureTN activists are turning to shoes to make a point about the need for a floor vote on the Medicaid expansion measure: Supporters of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Medicaid expansion proposal barricaded the entrance to a prominent lawmaker’s office Tuesday, using a pile of shoes. The message to House Speaker Beth Harwell was […]

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Stopping Progress

That’s what the Tennessee General Assembly appears to be up to when it comes to protecting Tennessee workers and advancing their interests. According to a recent article from In These Times: Worker advocates in Tennessee say that preemption laws have repeatedly stymied some of their most important efforts to tackle poverty and working conditions at […]

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