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Ramsey: Medicaid expansion a possibility in Tennessee

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NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says that if fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam succeeds in his negotiations with President Barack Obama's administration on a special Tennessee deal for Medicaid expansion, the result could be "sellable" to skeptical state lawmakers.

The biggest problem, as Ramsey sees it, is that he doesn't think the Obama administration is interested in agreeing to Haslam's proposal to have co-pays and deductibles and use the federal money to subsidize commercial insurance.

Haslam has said that he will either strike an agreement by the end of the year, or abandon his efforts.

Lawmakers have enacted legislation for the governor to obtain legislative approval before agreeing to Medicaid expansion in what supporters dubbed the "Stop Obamacare Act."

A Vanderbilt poll released last week said 56 percent supported expanding Medicaid.

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