MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) -- A number of Republicans and a few Democrats are reacting angrily to President Obama’s move to normalize relations with Cuba, but a prominent Tennessee Republican is taking a more measure tone.
Likely Republican presidential contender Marco Rubio reacted furiously to the president’s initiative, saying in part that the move “is a victory for oppressive governments the world over.”
But Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, who is likely to head the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the next Congress, was more reserved in his reaction.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says he’s reached a deal with federal officials to expand Medicaid in Tennessee.
The Republican governor announced the agreement this morning after months of discussions with federal authorities.
Called Insure Tennessee, the program will provide coverage for the state's uninsured without creating new taxes for Tennesseans. Under the plan, members would receive a voucher to purchase insurance in the private market.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)/WMOT — State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says that if fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam succeeds in his negotiations with President Barack Obama's administration on a special Tennessee deal for Medicaid expansion, the result could be "sellable" to skeptical state lawmakers.
The biggest problem as Ramsey sees it: He doesn't think the Obama administration is interested in agreeing to Haslam's proposal. The governor is reportedly asking for co-pays and deductibles and to use the federal money to subsidize commercial insurance.