Governor Haslam says the state is prepared to implement the Affordable Care Act's requirements if the Supreme Court lets the law stand Thursday.
Tennessee has set aside $200 million of extra revenues to help defray anticipated costs, and while the governor is confident we're ready, that doesn't mean he is in favor of health care reform.
"I think we're on the right path if they don't strike it down. Obviously, I'm hoping that they do, because I think it will save the state money long-term, and that will make things easier. But, I think we've played this thing right by being ready either way it goes," said Gov. Haslam.
Attorney and Inside Tennessee panelist Don Bosch disagrees.
"I disagree with the fact that he wants it struck down. I believe that it's a good bill and something we need as a society. That said, I think he's taking a very reasonable approach. He said 'look folks, this is law. I may not like it, but we have to prepare for it. Should it be struck down, we'll be prepared to do that and move on, and if not we'll be prepared to act in accordance with U.S. law,'" said Bosch.
Right now, about 15 percent of Tennesseans are uninsured.
If the Supreme Court does overturn the law, it's unlikely Tennessee would move forward with an insurance exchange.