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How did Tennessee get Exempt from Obamacare? (vanity)
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Posted on 01/31/2011 5:38:25 AM PST by 30Moves

I just read that 4 states are exempt from Obamacare: Mass, Ohio, Tennessee and New Jersey.

I missed this in the news. Anyone know how and why Tennessee is exempt?


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: obamacare; romneycare; tenncare; tennessee; vanity

1 posted on 01/31/2011 5:38:27 AM PST by 30Moves
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To: 30Moves

Tennessee and Mass have some sort of state insurance, don’t know about the other two.

Could that be why?


2 posted on 01/31/2011 5:41:16 AM PST by FrogMom (No such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: 30Moves

Where did you read this?


3 posted on 01/31/2011 5:42:40 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: FrogMom

Tenncare is bankrupt, they are slashing and cutting the program almost daily. I’d think this purple state would secretly love the idea of more .gov handouts!


4 posted on 01/31/2011 5:42:58 AM PST by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
“I’d think this purple state would secretly love the idea of more .gov handouts!”

Hmmm, Tennessee sounds like Alaska; talks the conservative talk, but walks the liberal walk. Tsk, tsk, not nice...

5 posted on 01/31/2011 5:46:38 AM PST by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: FrogMom

state insurance

That’s a laugh. Tenncare and romneycare.

Both are in the advanced stages of insolvency are they not?


6 posted on 01/31/2011 5:50:32 AM PST by wita
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To: 30Moves

Totally illegal. In the Constitution the press of the federal order is to fall equally upon the various States. It’s called uniformity. But I guess “illegal” doesn’t apply to our parasite pols.


7 posted on 01/31/2011 5:50:32 AM PST by TPOOH (I wish I could have been Jerry Reed.)
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To: 30Moves

I thought these were some of the states that exempted themselves... basically thumbing their noses at this unconstitutional federal mandate.


8 posted on 01/31/2011 5:51:27 AM PST by Safrguns
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To: 30Moves

TN and Mass have a form of obamacare, for the ‘qualified’. It is about to BANKRUPT Tennessee. They keep down sizing who is ‘qualified’. It is our form of Medicaid on a broader scale. FAILURE in containing cost, illegals can get it.


9 posted on 01/31/2011 5:55:44 AM PST by GailA (2012 rally cry DEMOCRATS and RINOS are BAD for the USA!)
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To: SumProVita

Jan 28, 2011 - Washington Times:

WOLF: Tawdry details of Obamacare
White House quietly exempts pampered politicos


10 posted on 01/31/2011 5:56:56 AM PST by 30Moves
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

“I’d think this purple state...”

Is Tennessee going liberal? I thought the Republicans had been gaining ground there.


11 posted on 01/31/2011 5:57:35 AM PST by PastorBooks
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To: snoringbear

“Hmmm, Tennessee sounds like Alaska; talks the conservative talk, but walks the liberal walk. Tsk, tsk, not nice..”

Errr, I do not think so.
Remember, we did not even vote for homeboy Albert Goreon.
Granted, we DID wind up with two turncoat RINOs in the senate,
but compared to the rest of the states, Tennessee is as American and conservative as you can get now.


12 posted on 01/31/2011 5:58:35 AM PST by AlexW
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To: GailA

Yes, we do have Tenn-Care - and I know that many illegals who live in Dalton, Ga get a P. O. Box in Chattanooga and thus get Tenn-Care.

Yes, we have a budget deficit - we have a new Republican Governor but I fear he is just like his predecessor.

Maybe this is why Lamar Alexander won’t vote to repeal Obamacare!


13 posted on 01/31/2011 6:00:33 AM PST by 30Moves
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To: GailA

It is all a scam to get more taxes. States and the Feds talked the health care, raised taxes, put the hospitals and doctors more under their thumb, will dump health care and keep the tax money and the control.


14 posted on 01/31/2011 6:01:15 AM PST by Leisler (Our debts are someone's profit. Follow the money, the vig.....)
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To: AlexW

Tennessee was one of Obama’s worst states in 2008. If you assume that the black vote was nearly monolithic in his favor, then the percentage of whites who voted for Obama was probably in the 20 to 25% range.


15 posted on 01/31/2011 6:04:57 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: 30Moves

What I have been trying to determine is: Does the state waiver (for 4 states currently) exempt all state residents from the mandate, or does it only exempt the government and its employees as a whole?


16 posted on 01/31/2011 6:08:36 AM PST by RobertClark
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To: 30Moves

I will ask again: What is the SOURCE of this information?


17 posted on 01/31/2011 6:14:28 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: AlexW

It should be remembered that red = republican not Conservative.

Tennessee is now Republican in both houses of the legislature, the Governor, Two US Senators and several Congressmen. Tennessee is very red. It is not however conservative in the definition here on FR. Conservative candidates do not fare well against those more moderate Republicans.

Many here consider all not conservative to the bone as RINO’s but in Tennessee strong conservative candidates don’t get elected.

Where I live, A strong conservative won the congressional seat against a field of other Republicans, only to lose the seat in the next election against only one. The current congressmen is conservative republican but not to the same degree. He is as conservative as can be and get elected


18 posted on 01/31/2011 6:15:01 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 .....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: 30Moves

Do you have a link?


19 posted on 01/31/2011 6:16:20 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: SumProVita

Never mind the link...I found it. However, I think a more official source is needed to really substantiate this.


20 posted on 01/31/2011 6:20:35 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: bert
It should be remembered that red = republican not Conservative.

It should also be remembered that the red/blue distinction used to be the party in power vs the one not in power. It changed every few elections. The MSM, fearing the their Leftists would be (properly) associated with Red Communists, stopped switching and gave the red color, apparently permanently, to the GOP in 2000.

21 posted on 01/31/2011 6:22:25 AM PST by Teacher317 (really?)
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To: bert
Tennessee turned republican in this last election. Prior to that, we had a democrat governor Bredeson (as far as 'rats go, he was one of the better ones) and near parity in the state bodies. Somehow, parity meant that the leftists had enough control to hold the line on several conservative initiatives.

Prior to Bredeson, we had RINO governor Sundquist (AKA "Taxquist") who tried to institute a state income tax which is against the Tennessee state constitution. He needed the money to fund Tenncare, the commie/socialist medical care scheme, because it was bankrupting the state. That was back in the 2000-2001 era. Also under his watch, illegals were able to get drivers' licenses in TN - I think that law was changed around 2006 or so under Bredeson.

One of the reasons that Tennessee seems to field RINOs in great numbers is that the Republican party has open primaries, meaning that democrats can vote in them and sway the vote leftward. Also, the RINOs running the party seem to favor "moderate" candidates, kind of like what Rove favored in the Delaware primary last November. In other words, they still think it's OK to "reach across the aisle" to the commies on the left.

This last election may be the major change that Tennessee needs. Outside of the usual liberal strongholds in central Nashville and Memphis, and to a lessor extend, Chattanooga and Knoxville, the state is pretty conservative. Maybe the will of the people will again be heeded in this state and the advances of the commies can be pushed back.

22 posted on 01/31/2011 6:36:51 AM PST by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: 30Moves

Because of TennCare ???


23 posted on 01/31/2011 6:45:28 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: GailA

A few years ago Bredesen threw older people and cancer patients off TennCare...

and Whola

Hey it works now...


24 posted on 01/31/2011 6:47:52 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: PastorBooks
Gun laws here lead one to believe that the libs and RINO's are firmly in control....
25 posted on 01/31/2011 6:50:42 AM PST by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: SumProVita

I will answer again: The Washington Times:

WOLF: Tawdry details of Obamacare
White House quietly exempts pampered politicos


26 posted on 01/31/2011 7:43:54 AM PST by 30Moves
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To: SumProVita

I just put “Obamacare waivers four states” in Google and got a lot of articles saying the same thing.

I don’t know how to post a link - sorry.


27 posted on 01/31/2011 8:01:06 AM PST by 30Moves
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To: snoringbear

Especially with their two wonderful “conservative” senators. They never met a liberal bill they couldn’t support in some way.


28 posted on 01/31/2011 8:19:02 AM PST by sarge83
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To: Tennessee Nana

It seems to mostly cover illegals now. I spent most of yesterday and today in an ER with my wife, so saw a bit of it first hand.


29 posted on 01/31/2011 10:17:34 AM PST by Ingtar (Together we go broke (from a Pookie18 post))
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To: PastorBooks

Tennessee has been going more and more red for the past 15 years or so. Tenncare was institued by Gov McWhorter and a Rat legislature back about then and has been a disaster ever since. When the Rats and RINO governor were trying to shove a state income tax down our throats about 10 years ago, the Rats basically opened up Tenncare as “free” medical care for anyone who wanted it to manufacture a fake crisis. At one time there were over 1.5 million people on it and it was costing the state nearly 1/3 of the annual budget. Since then the Republicans took control of the state senate and reigned in Tenncare.


30 posted on 01/31/2011 5:32:49 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: 30Moves; bert
I don't know that the entire state is exempt. It looks like Blue Cross Blue Shield is who got the waiver according to the HHS web site . It's at the bottom of the page.
31 posted on 01/31/2011 6:14:43 PM PST by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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