Nashville, Tenn. (January 9, 2017) – As the 2018 Tennessee Legislative Session begins, Chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party, Mary Mancini,released the following statement:

“Every community in Tennessee is facing the same problems. Families can’t keep up with the rising costs of keeping a roof over their heads and food on their tables, and far too many are not able to see a doctor when they need one. The legislature should be focused on how to work together to solve these problems.

“This session starts just a week after the announcement that 10th rural hospital in Tennessee will close under total Republican control of the state. As Deputy Speaker of the House Steve McDaniel, a Republican, pointed out, the single most important step Republicans could take to stop this is to Expand Medicaid. Unimaginably, there is absolutely no sign that they will do this.

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