Statement of Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris on Blue Cross Blue Shield announcement

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) made the following statement concerning Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee’s decision to withdraw from the Affordable Care Act Marketplace in Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville.

“Blue Cross’s decision is the latest canary in the coalmine. This is the collapse of coverage Commissioner McPeak warned about last month.

“This is the legacy of Obamacare – failure and collapse. When the Blues quit coverage, it should tell you something.

“Now others see more clearly why Medicaid expansion in Tennessee was always an intolerable risk. The uncertainty of an unreliable federal government puts Tennesseans unreasonably at risk. This is just the next chapter. Uncle Sam failed to keep his commitment earlier this year which caused the Obamacare co-ops to fail in January. Now the exchanges are in grave jeopardy.

“The collapse of the co-ops was a harbinger of things to come. During her testimony before the Senate in January, the Commissioner of Insurance blamed it on the fed’s failure to keep its commitment. It was true then. It is true now.

“My main concern right now is for the folks who must now find coverage where it may cost too much or may not exist at all.”

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