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Tennessee Poised To Play Major Role in National Health Care Reform

February 20, 2009

Nashville, TN - With the stimulus bill passed, the Obama administration will soon turn to another giant challenge - health care. With lawmakers in Washington set to begin groundwork on health care legislation next week, Tennesseans are invited to help craft the national agenda for health care reform.

Susan McKay, with the Tennessee Health Care Campaign, says her group is giving the public a chance to get involved in health care reform at a series of meetings across the state.

"We believe that we have a truly once-in-a-generation opportunity to significantly improve our troubled health care system."

McKay adds, Tennessee may play a big part in upcoming national health care reform legislation because Tennessee’s Republican Senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, have already endorsed health care reform.

"Reform is going to need bipartisan support. Tennessee’s two moderate GOP Senators will likely play a vital role in passing any significant health care reform."

The meetings begin Saturday in Jackson and will also be held in the near future in Chattanooga, Cookeville, Dyersburg, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville and the Tri Cities.

Opponents of health care reform worry it will be a tremendous expense at a time when the nation already has a record budget deficit. More information is available at

Dan Gordon, Public News Service - TN