by Jeff Woods
Have you seen this delightful new ad aimed at convincing young adults to opt out of Obamacare? According to the Koch brothers, who are paying for these public service messages, it's better to remain uninsured than to spread your legs for Uncle Sam (as Time magazine put it).
They can't match the Koch brothers for creepy or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for grandstanding, but Tennessee Republicans quietly are doing their own part in the war against Obamacare. Gov. Bill Haslam has switched from passively refusing to participate in the law to actively working to destroy it. This week, Tennessee joined other Republican-run states in erecting regulatory barriers to the new insurance guides known as navigators who are supposed to help consumers sign up for coverage.
The rules were issued as "emergency regulations" so there were no public hearings. We're guessing Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, the state's self-proclaimed "chief red tape cutter," won't complain about these new regulations on his website.
“This is just another obstacle in trying to get people signed up on insurance,” says state Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga. “[Gov. Bill Haslam] has already chosen not to expand Medicaid. He already rejected running a state exchange. Why on earth do they have to do this now? I am sick about it.”