HR Hero Line editor Wendi Watts reviews the book “Fresh Medicine: How to Fix Reform and Build a Sustainable Health Care System” by Phil Bredesen.
I first became interested in Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen’s book Fresh Medicine: How to Fix Reform and Build a Sustainable Health Care System after reading an op-ed piece he wrote in the Wall Street Journal. In it, he goes through the math of how much Tennessee would save under the new federal health care reform plan if the state dropped its existing health care plan for core employees and increased their pay to make up for the loss of insurance — the grand total is $146 million annually. Yes, annually.
And that’s only for about 40,000 core state employees. There are 128,000 employees in local Tennessee school systems and another 110,000 local government employees. When you add those workers in, the hypothetical savings are simply mind-boggling.