78% Support Insure Tennessee, Politicans Continue Block

Another new poll suggests an overwhelming number of Tennesseans support Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to expand the State’s Medicaid program.

I-Citizen offers a civic engagement app that lets folks weigh in on local, state and federal government issues.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports I-Citizen went off platform recently to directly poll 513 respondents self-identified as registered voters. The group matched age, gender and party affiliation profiles.

78% favor Haslam’s Insure Tennessee, which would use federal funds to extend TennCare coverage to an estimated 280,000 currently uninsured. The plan won wide support by Democrats, Independents and Republicans. A handful of Senate Republicans, including Tullahoma’s Janice Bowling, voted to kill the plan last year in committee. By failing in committee the vote was not voted on by the full legislature.

GOP leaders say the plan is too closely tied to the hated Affordable Care Act. Earlier polling by Vanderbilt University and Middle Tennessee State University also showed wide support for the effort.

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