September 17, 2019 (NASHVILLE, Tenn) — Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini released the following statement regarding Gov. Bill Lee’s recently unveiled Medicaid block grant plan:
“Republican leaders who allowed the state to purge 128,000 children from TennCare, now want to entirely do away with federal Medicaid rules that protect coverage for low-income children and Tennesseans. And by capping federal Medicaid funding, this plan will force the state to cut vital services or balance funding shortfalls on the backs of state taxpayers in the event of an economic downturn or an unforeseen rise in health care costs.
“Make no mistake: this is an unprecedented experiment that only stands to pull the rug from beneath thousands of TennCare recipients. It is grossly irresponsible, and when it fails, Tennessee’s most vulnerable citizens will pay the price — not Governor Lee.