MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Frustration levels seem to be growing from all sides in Tennessee about the health care debate in Washington. That played out Friday with some of the top leaders of both parties of the legislature expressing similar words.
Lack of leadership was heard from both parties describing the health care issue in Washington.
After the narrow vote to do nothing yet about health care in D.C., the leader for the supermajority of Tennessee House Republicans and the chair of the House Democratic Caucus used some similar language about what’s ahead.
“There does need to be some leadership on this out of Washington,” says Rep. Glen Casada.
“Senators Alexander and Corker are both in a position to provide leadership on this,” says Rep. Mike Stewart.
Both Stewart and Casada know that health care is often the most important issue with their constituents. The increasing cost is often the first thing republicans like Casada point to in health care debate, but he has a message for Washington to settle down the debate by deleting Obamcare.
“Delete and then go back, don’t take a recess and then come back with something that implements markets, market system,” says Casada.
Don’t cut costs at the expense of people losing coverage is often the argument of democrats like Stewart, but with medical insurance dramatically increasing its the basis of a message to Tennessee’s republican senators.
“I would drive out in Tennessee and talk to people who are having to pay $1500 a month for insurance with a $10,000 deductible,” says Stewart.
And like tens of millions of people across the country, Tennessee lawmakers are watching and waiting.
Tennessee congressional member Diane Black, who is house budget chair, issued a statement Friday that urged the senate “not to quit and to keep fighting to keep their promise and save the American people from Obamacare.”