Senator Norris is trying to find out what impact Obamacare will have on the Tennessee budget:

Ultimately, Governor Bredesen has said, it will impact us to the negative of about one point three Billion dollars, which we don’t have. But in the coming days, we’ll find that it affects this year’s budget, … through these increased insurance costs. And we have to find a way to pay for them. It’s the mother of all unfunded mandates just as the governor said last fall.

In addition to the direct costs to the state in the form of higher insurance costs, will be the indirect costs of reduced tax revenue as small businesses continue to be driven out of existence.

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