“We should never despair, our Situation before has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth new Exertions and proportion our Efforts to the exigency of the times.” —George Washington
Bredesen's comments came in a letter to U.S. Sen. Bob Corker and U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon, voicing concerns that national health care reform will mandate increased state spending.
"Bob and Bart, the problem that we're facing is simple: By 2013, we expect to have returned to 2008 levels of revenue and will have already cut programs dramatically - over a billion dollars," Bredesen wrote.
Is anyone paying attention? This is another un-funded state mandate on the way and it will be used to disguise the Federal bill as "revenue neutral," while the states get crucified. Bredesen is a very smart guy - self-made millionaire in the health care business, so he knows of what he speaks. Plus, he had the courage to dismantle the disaster we had here, known as "TennCare." Guess what Congress is working on? TennCare for all 57 states - it damned near bankrupted us, get a clue folks, it ain't worth going down this path.