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  • Rep. Blackburn: We've Tried Gov't-Run Health Care Already

    Rep. Marsha Blackburn

    Rep. Marsha Blackburn has seen the future of health care in America that the Left wants to implement. Blackburn’s home state of Tennessee implemented TennCare, a Medicaid style program in 1994.

    The results were predictable.

    Employers moved employees onto TennCare because the subsidized public plan appeared to cost less. “As a result of this, insurance rates for those who have private coverage were going through the roof,” said Blackburn who spoke at Heritage’s weekly Blogger Briefing today.

    Costs rose everywhere, however, not just within the dwindling private sector. “This program started to consume every new dollar that was generated in the state,” said Blackburn. The budget-busting program grew at a 1.5-percent annual rate, with costs skyrocketing from $2.5 billion in 1995 to $8 billion by 2004. “[Supporters] were willing to guarantee that it would save money – and it ends up eating 38% of the state’s budget.”

    When costs explode in a public plan, there’s only one thing to do: ration health care. We reported on TennCare’s problems back in 2000.

    Chronically low reimbursement rates for doctors and hospitals have led to rationed care, which means less care in most cases.

    A March 1999 actuarial review by PricewaterhouseCoopers found that managed care organizations reimbursed providers at a rate of about $11 per member per month (about 10 percent) below what would be considered an “actuarially sound” level.

    “There is no example that you can point to that shows where having private insurance in competition with the public option brings the costs down. It leads to exploding costs,” said Blackburn.

    Heritage has solutions that cut costs and empower individuals. Go here to learn more.

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    10 Responses to Rep. Blackburn: We've Tried Gov't-Run Health Care Already

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    3. mb, Virginia says:

      This is a history lesson, just like the socialist plans of Europe. But, our Marxist president wants to destroy all competition, freedom, and liberty. He cares not about America the beautiful. Besides being a liar he's not a very good history student. So along with the other liars on the hill he's going to power grab another industry and take it down. Please tell me I am wrong. Thanks, mb

    4. Ken St Louis says:

      How can anybody not know by now that anything run by government always costs more, and you get less of it? Go to the post office, go to the social security office, if you really want to see government waste go to the U S Geological survey office in Rolla Missouri and walk around, the hardest thing to find is somebody doing something!!! If this sharade continues, theres no onther choice burt for the responsible states to SECEDE from the union!!!

    5. tk hawaii says:

      I'am sorry say that federal health care already occurs.take agood look DoD health care,the tax payers already pay for run health care for our military,and dependents,and that eats up alot of our tax dollars.I've worked at Army hospital for 35 years and the health care is subpar there.So anything the government puts hands ins will be diaster for all.

    6. Lynn B. DeSpain says:

      When it comes to mankind and its thoughts and innovations, there is nothing new under the Sun.

      All of the things the Obama House is trying to do, has been tried numerous times befor , in many forms, many ways, and always failed. His also will fail. Two plus two will always equal four.

      The problem lies within the insanity of the American mindset that believes that you can add two plus two and get a different result! Sorry, it will always ge four.

      No how many lies to the contrary, no matter how many scientific studies proing the possibilites could be there, no matter how many number crunchers say it may work, the answer will always be four.

      It doesn't matter who's selling you an old car, or what they say about it, or how they talk it up, even if they throw in an oil change or two, and a month's warrantee, it is still a used car, and so are Obama's ideas!


    7. MIckey, Rossville TN says:

      Economic Stimulus. H.R. 5140, the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, passed 385-35 on January 29, 2008 (Roll Call 25). It would provide about $150 billion in economic stimulus, including $101.1 billion in direct payments of rebate checks (typically $600) to most taxpayers in 2008 and temporary tax breaks for businesses. Creating money out of thin air and then spending the newly created money cannot improve the economy, at least not in the long term. (If it could, why not create even more money for rebates and make every American a millionaire?) The stimulus has no offset and thus increases the federal deficit by the amount of the stimulus because the government must borrow the rebate money. A realistic long-term stimulus can only be achieved by lowering taxes through less government and by reducing regulatory burdens.Marsha Blackburn voted FOR this bill.(Source: The New American – July 21, 2008)

      Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.

      She is no conservative.

      See her unconstitutional votes at :

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    9. Marshall Hill MI. says:


    10. John Burdick, Glendo says:

      The president, Vice President, their families, staff, and all members of comgress must be included in Obamacare……no exceptions, including unions.

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