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Vandy poll shows support for state-run health exchange

2:35 PM, Dec 12, 2012   |    comments
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By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A new Vanderbilt University poll shows a strong preference among Tennesseans for a state-run health insurance exchange over one run by the federal government.

The poll of 829 registered voters released Wednesday showed 53 percent favor the state-run exchange, while 33 percent prefer the federal approach.

The results contrast with Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's decision earlier this week not to pursue a state-run exchange.

Meanwhile, a pending decision over whether to expand Medicaid was much more evenly divided. Forty-seven percent support expanding Medicaid, while 46 oppose it.

Haslam said he will decide the Medicaid issue sometime in the spring.

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