While other Republican leaders in Tennessee fence sit on whether to go whole hog on the health-care law, the governor says:
Speaking to reporters, Haslam — or possibly a body snatcher — didn’t go on the usual Republican rant about budget-busting costs if the state agrees to expand Medicaid under the hated ObamaCare. Instead, for the first time as far as we know, he said the cost is only $100 million annually — a whopping $200 million lower than previous estimates — and he actually mentioned where it’s coming from. That’s not from beneficiaries added by the new law, but from people who already can receive Medicaid but don’t because they don’t know they can. The governor even acknowledged these beneficiaries probably will sign up for Medicaid in the next few years anyway because of publicity over the health care overhaul.