Tennessee Stands: Republicans are supposed to be for a free and fair market – for capitalism, an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state, where competition and who is successful, is regulated and decided by consumers.
But some Republicans in Tennessee walked away from this party principle by allowing a government-regulated, socialist answer to the problems of two failing healthcare systems.
Why would Republicans choose a government-regulated, socialist answer?
They suggested it was the only option. But it wasn’t. Nor was it an option Republicans should have sought.
Allowing for a larger healthcare system to try and fix the woes of a smaller healthcare system is akin to proposing larger government is the answer to the woes of a failing government.
State Sen. Rusty Crowe, R-Johnson City, sponsored legislation making a COPA (Certificate of Public Advantage) possible, paving the way for a healthcare monopoly and the largest COPA-governed merger in the country.
Crowe served as a paid consultant to Mountain States Health Alliance when he brought the legislation. He remains a paid consultant to Ballad Health today. Crowe recently announced he would be seeking re-election. more here