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Haslam touts Medicaid plan some in GOP see as 'poisonous'

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. AP photo Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. AP photo
By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

SPARTA, Tenn. (AP) - As Gov. Bill Haslam heads to next week's special legislative session with his Insure Tennessee proposal, he's been trying to shore up support among fellow Republicans to get enough votes to pass the measure.

The governor over a week met with more than 100 lawmakers to tout the two-year, $2.8 billion program that would cover 280,000 low-income Tennesseans. Hospitals would cover the state's $74 million share to draw down the federal dollars.

Haslam acknowledges he will need all legislative Democrats on board to pass the measure. And to make his case among the remaining GOP lawmakers, they have to be willing to listen.

But several aren't even interested in a debate. One plot afoot in Nashville is to call for an adjournment almost as soon as the special session begins.

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