Americans for Prosperity Action Statement on Bredesen, Blackburn Debate

NASHVILLE, TN ­- Following last night’s debate between Phil Bredesen and Marsha Blackburn, AFP Action® Senior Advisor Tori Venable released the following statement:

“Phil Bredesen clearly told Tennesseans he’s willing to double-down on Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. He if anyone, should have learned from his failed TennCare expansion, that resulted in kicking hundreds of thousands of pregnant women, children, and disabled Tennesseans off the program because it was on track to bankrupt our state. Simply put, expanding Medicaid under Obamacare prioritizes able-bodied adults over those truly in need, hurting the very people Medicaid was intended to help. Not only was Bredesen’s support for more government-run insurance alarming, but his opposition to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act should send red flags to families across the state who are already benefiting from a thriving economy, bonuses, and more money in their paychecks.

“Tennesseans saw a big difference last night with Marsha Blackburn who supported the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and is committed to patient-centered reforms to reduce health care costs for all Tennesseans. These are the ideas that will make Tennessee the best place to work, live, and raise a family. We urge Tennesseans to support Marsha Blackburn.”

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