Beacon Center grows, helps defeat Insure TN

May 22, 2015 11:16AM

This piece on the Beacon Center was published in the Tennessean.

Six full-time employees, a million dollars and an argument. The main ingredients in the recipe used by the Beacon Center of Tennessee to kill Insure Tennessee aren’t complex.

There were a few other key components to the plan’s demise — other organizations and lawmakers advocating against a controversial proposal tied to an unpopular president. But the Beacon Center and its consultants were the only outside groups to testify before the General Assembly against the proposal.

They foretold of increasing the federal deficit by more than a billion dollars. They warned of doctors unwilling to see more Medicaid patients. They asked mainly Republican lawmakers to trust a president and administration after many of those same lawmakers chastised his leadership.

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