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Haslam undaunted by difficult prospects for Insure Tennessee

Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that he is willing to risk a second defeat of his Insure Tennessee proposal to highlight the need for improving health standards in the state. The Republican governor told reporters after a prayer breakfast at Lipscomb University that the more often lawmakers take up his plan, the more chances his administration has to quell concerns about the proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans by drawing down $2.8 billion in federal Medicaid funds. "I don't think it's a bad thing at all for it to be discussed every chance that it gets to be discussed," Haslam said. "Obviously we're hoping it passes, but if it...

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