Who Cares What Haslam Says? House GOP Leader Vows to Reject ObamaCare in First Major Decision of New Year

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GOP Leader Gerald McCormick
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After House Republicans re-elected their leadership team yesterday (with the exception of poor Judd Matheny, who was dumped as speaker pro tempore for publicly squawking about the leadership team), GOP leader Gerald McCormick proclaimed: "[W]e’re going to have a successful 108th General Assembly that focuses on the problems Tennesseans are facing and provides common sense, conservative solutions so Tennessee is made a better place to live, work, and raise a family.”

Isn't that reassuring? We were feeling so much better about our miserable red-state existences, and then — bam! — McCormick just had to spoil the moment. Asked whether Republicans, in their first major decision as Tennessee potentates, might deign to bless us with our very own ObamaCare health insurance exchange, he said:

"At this point I don’t think there’s a snowball’s chance of that happening. We’re not going to set up a state exchange unless we really have some detailed information on it and it becomes favorable for the state of Tennessee to do so in a way that cannot be reversed. And I just don’t see that happening based on past experience with the federal government."

So let's get this straight: The Republican governor thinks a state-controlled exchange would mean lower administrative costs and lower premiums for all Tennesseans, but there's zero chance of that happening because Republicans in the legislature are dead set against it. They don't believe what their governor is telling them, even though he's the only one in state government actually looking into this and not receiving basically all his information from Fox News. That's common sense, conservative solution No. 1 from our Republican supermajority.

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