Poll Shows Health Expansion Support in Tennessee

More than 6 in 10 Tennesseans support Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to expand the TennCare program.

A Vanderbilt University poll reveals that 63% of those surveyed strongly support or somewhat support Haslam’s Insure Tennessee Plan, adding health coverage for about 280,000 currently low income, uninsured residents.

Voter support for Insure Tennessee has remained solid for more than a year. The Vandy poll shows 17% oppose the expansion and 12% are undecided.

Republican State Senators like Tullahoma’s Janice Bowling shot the expansion down last year by a committee vote. Haslam decline to press the issue during this year’s General Assembly Session.

Republicans claim the effort is too closely tied to the Affordable Care Act. The latest poll had some 1,100 respondents from cell and land telephone lines. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.2%.

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