News from Tennessee
underscores the significance of Gov. Asa Hutchinson'
s apparent success in continuing the private option
version of Obamacare
's Medicaid expansion for two years, pending a House vote on the structure and money.
Yesterday, despite some growing appetite nationally for the money and human benefits such plans may bring a state, the Tennessee legislature
turned down Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's
plan to follow in Arkansas's footsteps.
Haslam's plan was defeated in a Senate committee on the third day of a session called solely to approve this legislation and Politico's reporting indicates it;s probably dead.
Hats off to Gov. Hutchinson and the heavily majority Republican legislature — particularly House Speaker Jeremy Gilliam
and Senate President Jonathan Dismang
— for giving Obamacare a huge victory in Arkansas. They put the people — a quarter million of them direct beneficiaries — ahead of the political principles that got many of them elected.