It's 2020 and, still, over 300,000 Tennesseans remain without healthcare access because the General Assembly refuses to consider accepting federal funds which would help. This funding -- tax dollars we have paid -- would provide health insurance to people who can't afford it, including veterans, the self-employed, workers whose employers don't provide medical benefits, veterans, and children. Further:
- Since 2014, Tennessee has lost $7 Billion in tax dollars we paid which has instead gone to other states.
- In addition to providing access to healthcare, that funding would have helped communities and paid for 15,000 jobs.
- It would help keep rural hospitals open. Tennessee is ranked second in the nation in the number of hospital closures, the majority of which are in rural Tennessee, leaving a quarter of a million people without access to an emergency room.
It really doesn't make sense to continue to turn away money that would help Tennesseans, including pregnant women and their babies. We have to ask ourselves: Why won't the GOP Supermajority accept funding which would help insure hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans, help local communities, and keep rural hospitals open? That's a good question.