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Senator to file TennCare Fiscal Responsibility bill

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(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South state senator is planning to file a bill that's putting Tennessee in line with the Governor's wishes — when it comes to the president's health care plan.

Senator Brian Kelsey said the state can't afford it.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam made his feelings clear last year about the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

He called it scary and opted out of a state run exchange.

State Senator Brian Kelsey of Germantown took it a step further, filing the TennCare Fiscal Responsibility Act Thursday.

"The TennCare Fiscal Responsibility Act simply says that Tennessee will not be participating in Medicaid coverage under Obamacare," said Kelsey.

Obamacare, as it's been coined, calls for expanding the Medicaid program to bring 16 million uninsured Americans living near the poverty line into the U.S. health care system.

Under the plan, most states would pay much less than 10 percent of the cost under the law.

But, Kelsey said that's still too much.

"This bill is very simple. Tennesseans simply cannot afford to pay for this expansion, and my job is to protect the taxpayer dollars of Tennesseans and that's what we hope the Tenncare Fiscal Responsibility bill will do," he said.

Kelsey said he has 22 House co-sponsors for this bill, and expects to have plenty of support for the senate version of the bill that he hopes to file the next few days.

He also expects the bill to be up for discussion within the next few weeks.

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