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Should Tennessee expand its Medicaid program, TennCare, under provisions of the federal health care reform act? We asked our readers. Here are some of the responses:

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Children, yes. Drug-seeking, too lazy to work adults, no!
Quinton C.

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I say yes. There are a lot of people — good, hard-working people — that need the insurance and cannot afford it themselves. They do not do drugs and try very hard to make it. No one knows another’s situation to tell them they cannot have insurance. If you have to drug test for Food Stamps maybe they could do the same for this. Either way, not everyone that does not have medical insurance is a drug-pusher or a bum. And I know quite a few that work and get insurance that need to go to rehab themselves. Just sayin’.
Daphne E.

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I don’t know. It already has an annual cost of $8 billion. Why not see if we can completely bankrupt the state?
Casey A.

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No. I hate to see people do without insurance but fact is more lazy people would get it than working people. Now if they want to offer it to working people only, I would be okay with that.
Tracy M.

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I think if they do, it should go to the ones working and barely getting by, not the ones who won’t put forth an effort to work. Let’s face it, people, the people that do work have it harder than the ones who don’t. So why should they work if everything is handed to them for free? There should be a limited time that non-workers get it for free.
Nancy G.

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If Tennessee does not expand Medicaid it will most likely mean more hospital closings, especially in rural counties.
Scott P.

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No! We are almost bankrupt already.
Roy Y.

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I do not think it is necessary. Scott County is extremely lucky to have Mountain People’s. I grew up going to those clinics. For minor health issues their sliding scale payments benefit the poorest in the county. Expensive medications? Contact the manufacturer. You’d be surprised at how much aid they offer. The issue is: health care is not free. People will willingly pay several hundred dollars for a new phone or a laptop instead of paying a few hundred dollars for a medical procedure. Our priorities need to be re-evaluated.
Courtney A.

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Yes! For the working people that are trying but still cannot afford health insurance. The clinics are great and a major help but when expensive testing, specialists or surgeries are needed most people just do without these services because they cannot afford them. More of our hospitals will close. Something has got to give for the working people.
Melissa S.

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I do, because there are a lot of hard-working, low-income families that cannot afford it, and not all jobs offer insurance.
Bethany F.

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