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Two nights a year, Tennessee holds a health care lottery of sorts, giving the medically desperate a chance to get help.

State residents who have high medical bills but would not normally qualify for Medicaid, the government health care program for the poor, can call a state phone line and request an application. But the window is tight — the line shuts down after 2,500 calls, typically within an hour — and the demand is so high that it is difficult to get through…


http://theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/best-in-the-worl...

Our system is the best because lotteries are awesome. Without lotteries we wouldn't have Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lottery

And without lotteries we wouldn't have the Hunger Games! So if anyone says that our health care system doesn't need fixing, tell them to go suck it, because we have a lottery to do determine who gets health care.
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What's really sad is that many of the people standing in line in that GOP-approved Tennessee health care lottery probably vote Republican.

intercst
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I note it was enacted in 2010. Maybe their attempt to say "see, we don't need that socialist Obamacare! We got it covered here!".

Just a guess.
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What's really sad is that many of the people standing in line in that GOP-approved Tennessee health care lottery probably vote Republican.

What's really sad is the fact that you appear to be ignorant to the fact that it was actually a Dem that cut 170,000 people from TennCare back in 2005.

From the article:

TennCare already provides health coverage to 1.2 million people, more than half of whom are children, at a combined state and federal cost of about $9 billion a year...
In Tennessee, the debate over expansion is particularly contentious because of TennCare’s tumultuous history. It was once among the most generous Medicaid programs in the country. But costs spiraled, and 170,000 people were cut from the rolls in 2005 under Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat.
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So who in 2005 was underfunding Medicaid so badly that 170,000 people had to be cut from the rolls in TN?

PF
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Hawkwin complains,

<<<What's really sad is that many of the people standing in line in that GOP-approved Tennessee health care lottery probably vote Republican.>>>

What's really sad is the fact that you appear to be ignorant to the fact that it was actually a Dem that cut 170,000 people from TennCare back in 2005.

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People wouldn't be standing in line for the annual Tennessee health care lottery if we had cost-effective universal health care coverage like every other industrialized country. THe fact that the GOP remains opposed to any kind of reasonable reform means that most people are paying too much for health care coverage and 40 or 50 million people aren't insured at all.

intercst
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"People wouldn't be standing in line for the annual Tennessee health care lottery if we had cost-effective universal health care coverage like every other industrialized country. THe fact that the GOP remains opposed to any kind of reasonable reform means that most people are paying too much for health care coverage and 40 or 50 million people aren't insured at all." - intercst
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And what might help fund that universal health coverage was if the United States wasn't invading new countries and starting new wars every couple of years.

Art
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So who in 2005 was underfunding Medicaid so badly that 170,000 people had to be cut from the rolls in TN?

Uh, Republican voters, who refuse to approve any tax increases to fund it? (Here in Tennessee we also proudly lay claim to having among the worst public schools in the nation (but Alabama and Mississippi still have us beat), but luckily our State University produces some pretty good football teams, if not academic results, so it's good to know we have our priorities right.)
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