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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Faison on ACHA
If it becomes law, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), as passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, could cost an estimated 28,000 jobs in Tennessee alone by 2026 and trigger an economic downturn in nearly every state, according to a report published this week by researchers at George Washington University and The Commonwealth Fund. Tennessee has not expanded it's TennCare coverage and as a result is losing millions annually in federal funds. Eleventh District State Rep. Jeremy Faison, Republican of Cosby, who represents residents of Cocke, Jefferson and Greene Counties, is asking Republican U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, of Tennessee, to reject the House bill and instead rewrite the American Health Care Act. "The single most important thing to the people in my district right now is health care. The government has screwed up time and time again on healthcare," says the lawmaker. "The Affordable Care Act helped very few people and hurt alot of people. And it would appear to me that the House plan wouldn't help people in my district either." Faison says he wants to see Washington put politics aside. "This whole idea that we are going to get rid of Medicaid is bullcrap, we aren't gonna get rid of Medicaid. So what can we do effectively from here on ?" He is concerned that hospitals in his district will be closed and there will not be emergency care and other hospitalization available. "When they are drafting these laws in Washington, they need someone to remind them this isn't just about the very poor or very rich. It's like they aren't considering those of us who make $35,000 to $150,000 a year. Nobody is speaking for us. Those of us in the middle are getting shafted. We can't afford a $5,000 co-pay, that's crazy." Faison also puts some of the blame on insurance companies. "These insurance companies are raping us, and so I want to be sure that my health care facilities are getting full pay. And that they aren't raping us..... the people who are paying the bill." Tennessee currently leads the nation in bankruptcy filings and a study by Harvard University indicates that medical bills are the biggest cause of bankruptcy, representing 62% of all personal bankruptcies nationwide. The issues with healthcare and the cost of insurance have resulted in a growing number of Americans supporting a single payer insurance system.


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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

  • Clarification
  • Finance Committee considers sheriff's budget
  • Newport Utilities Board
  • Update on Gatlinburg wildfires

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

  • Funding for animal shelter tentatively approved.
  • Tressler arrest
  • Senate bill bad for Tennessee hospitals
  • Weekend activities in Parrottsville and Cosby
  • First Saturday

    Monday, June 26, 2017

  • Ramsey ruling overturned by Appeals panel
  • Terry Fine arrest
  • Rodriguez arrest
  • Tax changes come on Saturday
  • Gas prices take a dip

    Saturday, June 24, 2017

  • Parrottsville to receive low-interest loan
  • Food and housing grant for Cocke County
  • May jobless numbers
  • Haslam to make job recruitment trip
  • TWRA on wildlife

    Friday, June 23, 2017

  • Healthcare bill
  • Monument vandalism
  • Brandt charged with aggravated assault
  • Nease charged with attempted jail escape
  • Newport couple charged with child abuse or neglect
  • Cocke County Corrections Partnership
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