NASHVILLE — A controversial bill enabling Tennessee to join a multistate “health care compact” and possibly gain control of federal programs like Medicaire failed in a House subcommittee this morning on a tie vote.
House Insurance and Banking Committee members voted 9-9 on the measure, sponsored by Rep. Mark Pody, R-Lebanon.
During discussions, Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga, and other Democrats criticized the bill. But several of Pody’s fellow Republicans had questions and voiced concerns as to how the compact would operate and what control Tennessee would have.
The bill would have allowed Tennessee to join a group of states seeking to petition Congress for permission to take over most federal health care programs in their states. Critics say it is unlikely Congress would go along.
For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.
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, ...