Monday, January 10, 2005


Another Disaster Avoided By Re-Electing Bush: Kerry's Health Care Plan Used Bankrupted TenCare As Model

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES TennCare OVERHAUL As I posted before the election, free-for-all health care plans simply cost too much and do not provide good care for most. John Kerry thought that Tennessee's medicaid system was a good model for both distributing and paying for health care. In fact, it was the model for his national health care plan. Today, the program is nearly bankrupt after trying to pay for many people who can afford their own insurance. Breath a sigh of relief you didn't get suckered into this one.

Under the basic TennCare plan 323,000 adults will be cut from the plan. The remaining 396,000 individuals eligible for Medicaid will continue to receive "reasonable" but reduced benefits. The reductions do not affect the 612,000 children on the plan.

“It might not be the level of care we want to provide, but it’s the level of care we can afford without bankrupting our state,” said Bredesen. “We’re putting limits into what has been the most generous healthcare program in the nation.”

Bredesen had long maintained that many of TennCare’s problems were the result of extensive pharmacy and hospital allowances granted to attendees. Doctor visits, prescriptions, and in-patient hospital stays, which had been unlimited under the original TennCare plan, have been reduced significantly under the basic plan. Enrollees will now be limited to 12 doctor visits a year, four prescriptions a month, and 20 days of in-patient hospital care. These and other reductions are expected to save the state $575 million during the next fiscal year.

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