Nashville, TN – Tennova Healthcare announced it plans to close two hospitals by the end of the year – one in North Knoxville, and one in Morristown.
Meanwhile, Rep. Marsha Blackburn continues to help lead the charge to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which would leave hospitals less financially sustainable and made it harder for Tennesseans to access the care they need.
Rep. Blackburn has voted multiple times to repeal the ACA, and says she remains committed to doing so. According to analyses, the ACA has significantly improved health access in rural America, as well as hospitals’ financial viability because more patients have insurance. Experts warn that repealing the ACA would be devastating for hospitals and rural health across the country, including in Tennessee.
At a time when Tennessee hospitals are already struggling to stay afloat, Blackburn should be supporting legislation to keep their doors open, such as the expansion of Medicaid in the state of Tennessee, rather than continuing to call for the repeal of the ACA.