Governor Bill Haslam says he’s “embarrassed” that fellow Republicans in the General Assembly rebuffed his plan to expand the state’s TennCare program to include many now without health insurance coverage. Haslam wrangled with federal officials for nearly two years to hammer out a plan he called “Insure Tennessee”. Federal medicaid funds would have covered vouchers to be used to buy private coverage for an estimated 280,000 Tennesseans. Tennessee hospitals pledged to pick up any program deficit and Haslam claimed the expansion could be cancelled if it proved to be faulty after two years. But the connection with so called “Obamacare” was just too much for Republican lawmakers to digest. Tea Party and other conservative groups pushed hard against the effort. Haslam says he has no immediate plans to pursure his idea.