NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam today announced he is postponing a decision on whether Tennessee will create its online marketplace for health insurance, taking advantage of the Obama administration’s month-long extension of what had been today’s deadline for states to decide.
State House Democrats accused the governor of procrastinating and urged him to “rip the Band-Aid off — one way or another.”
Haslam, a Republican, said no decision has been made by the state regarding creating its own insurance exchange or letting the federal government to do it. On Thursday, the Obama administration extended today’s deadline to Dec. 14 upon Republican governors’ request.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...