Democrats are kicking royal a$$ in Tennessee. The Senate race isn’t even close right now:
Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) now has a 10-point lead over Rep. Marsha Blackburn.
The Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) poll found that 45 percent of respondents would vote for Bredesen if the race were held today, compared to 35 percent for Blackburn.
And it keeps getting better. Democrats finally figured out in order to win elections, you need to run candidates. Good candidates. And they are.
These are highly successful lawyers, doctors, a sergeant major, business people. These are people who are prominent people in their communities already, and they have chosen to step up across the state.
We’ve got the candidates, and we’ve got the polls. So what’s behind this surge? Well, there’s Trump, and the overall national progressive enthusiasm, of course. But there’s something else.
Tennessee is facing a healthcare crisis. For starters, there have been an unprecedented number of hospital closures. These hospitals could have been saved if the Tennessee GOP just expanded Medicaid.
Don’t take my word for it, the GOP legislators responsible are admitting it:
Tennessee's reluctance to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act is still being blamed for the high number of hospital closures in the state — the most in the U.S. outside of Texas. And this week brings one more. The Decatur County Commission decided to close its only hospital this week, citing the increased taxpayer subsidies.
“I can tell you this, that if we had expanded the Medicaid program as Governor Haslam had proposed, the hospital likely would not have closed,” [Republican Deputy House Speaker, Steve] McDaniel said.
McDaniel says now he would have voted in favor of Insure Tennessee if he'd been given the chance.
Rural hospitals in Tennessee not only save lives, they represent as much as 20 percent of the community's employment and income. But trying to screw over a black guy president who is enjoying retirement was waaaaaay more important.
This is a crisis of the GOP’s own making. They have completely ignored the state’s large opioid epidemic, (I guess they were waiting for Kellyanne and Kushner). They refused to expand Medicaid and sat idle while a flood of rural hospital closed. Tennessee’s uninsured is growing, and her citizens have been pleading to make healthcare the top priority.
It was not an exaggeration to compare the state of healthcare in Tennessee to the Third World, which The Daily Show effectively did:
So how did the the GOP respond?
They are focused like a laser on those
that are hurting few that are actually doing okay and announced that they are suing to end the Affordable Care Act. Great job, guys.
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