There is little disagreement the current healthcare system needs an overhaul. The U.S. spends over $2.4 trillion dollars annually on healthcare and costs have doubled since 2000 for employer-based family coverage. Options are shrinking.
Most agree reform is needed but the debate lies with two competing ideals for the future of healthcare. One is where Washington controls financing and delivery and is seen as the solution, not the problem; while the other contends individuals and families are the best judge of how to spend health care dollars.
In the middle lie employers and Congress. The Heritage Foundation hosts an event addressing the future of reform and how it will impact employee provided healthcare.
Marsha Wedgeworth Blackburn (born June 6, 1952) is a Tennessee politician. As member of the Republican Party, she represents Tennessee's 7th congressional district since 2003, which stretches from the suburbs of Nashville to the suburbs of Memphis.
Congresswoman Blackburn is a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming
Representative Marsha Blackburn claims Tennessee's government-run health insurance plan TennCare is a "disaster." She warns a federally sponsored public option would likely result in a similar outcome.
State spending in Tennessee, she says, accelerated from 2.5 billion dollars in 1995 to 8 billion in 2004 because people dropped their private insurance in favor of the "public option."