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Obama expected to tout health law, not Insure Tennessee

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President Barack Obama speaks at Pellissippi State Community College Friday. AP photo President Barack Obama speaks at Pellissippi State Community College Friday. AP photo

By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - When President Barack Obama visits Nashville to tout his health care law, he's unlikely to say much, if anything, about a failed plan to expand Medicaid in Tennessee.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told The Associated Press ahead of Obama's visit on Wednesday that he's expected to discuss building on the progress made under the Affordable Care Act.

When asked about Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to expand Medicaid, Burwell said Insure Tennessee "isn't the focus of the visit."

The plan sought to extend coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans. The proposal failed in a special legislative session in February, was then revived during the regular session - only to be killed again in a Senate committee.

Supporters held a news conference earlier this week to renew an effort to try to pass the plan.

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