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Opponents of Medicaid expansion speak out

Rep. Scott DesJarlais Rep. Scott DesJarlais

Opponents of Medicaid expansion in Tennessee gathered in legislative plaza Sunday.

U.S. Representative Scott DesJarlais delivered the keynote address.

Under the affordable care act, the state can choose whether to expand TennCare, which could provide coverage to an additional 150 thousand Tennesseans.

But opponents say the federal funding comes with strings attached.

The federal government would cover 100 percent of the cost of expansion for three years. After that, the federal government reduces its share to 90 percent by the year 2020.

"Expanding Medicaid sounds good," said Rep. DesJarlais. "But if it's not sustainable, it's almost cruel to give somebody something only to know that it's going to be taken away sooner than later due to unsustainable spending and deficit."

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