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VOL. 41 | NO. 35 | Friday, September 01, 2017

Single-payer cuts the middle men but at what cost?

Health care overhaul could have big impact on Tennessee economy, your care

Republicans made “Repeal and Replace” a catchy slogan for the right, but Democrats have one of their own.

Physicians see positives in single-payer insurance plan

One big stakeholder in the debate over single-payer health coverage is physicians. Opponents of a single-payer system argue physicians would be paid less under a government-paid health plan and leave the profession.

ACA payment uncertainty leading to higher rates

More than two million people nationwide, including about 234,000 in Tennessee, are enrolled in health insurance through the individual marketplace.

How would single-payer health care affect U.S. employers?

Under single-payer system, businesses could contribute toward their employees’ premiums through payroll taxes directly to the federal government or to insurance companies reimbursed by the government. That’s close to the German hybrid model, which some analysts believe would be most palatable to the U.S.

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EVENTS

Cork Savvy. A benefit for the Knoxville Area Urban League Young Professionals begins at Thursday 6 p.m. with a wine tasting, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The event also includes silent and live auctions and remarks from a Dr. Walter Hardy scholarship recipient. The 2017 theme is “Investing in Young Leaders,” which embodies the commitment to provide opportunities for college students and early career professionals. Proceeds benefit the Knoxville Area Urban League’s minority scholarship program and young professional development series. Tickets: $50, early bird; $60, general admission. 6-9 p.m. Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Ave., Knoxville. Information: www.thekaul.org/about/young-professionals

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SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Outsourcing by any other name still not so sweet

Outsourcing is starting to become a four-letter word in state government. Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration told lawmakers during a summer study session it’s giving up on privatization of state parks, including a plan to hire a company to raze the inn at Fall Creek Falls and build a new one, at a cost of more than $22 million, then take over the keys and the profits.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Vols at their best when expectations are low

Based on preseason predictions, the SEC East is pretty much a toss-up between Georgia and Florida. My question: Why not Tennessee?

DAVE LINK: UT SPORTS

Vols, Jackets each eager to make statement

Enough of the talk. Enough of the speculation. Let’s play some football.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Vanderbilt looks to rise higher in SEC East

It’s always good to know who you are. Gives you a foundation. A starting place. “We know the academics are a huge piece of our identity as a Vanderbilt football player,” says senior Oren Burks, who has moved from safety to linebacker. “But at end of the day, it’s about winning. That’s why you play.”

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Tanney hopes Nashville is not his last stop

By the time you read this, it is possible that Alex Tanney might have already thrown his last pass as a member of the Tennessee Titans.

NEWSMAKERS

Gallaher expands, adds and promotes staff

Alcoa-based Gallaher, a life safety and asset protection solutions provider, has hired 18 new employees and announced nine promotions.

BRIEFS

UT’s Veterans Center open for students

The new University of Tennessee Veterans Resource Center on the ground floor of Hodges Library is now open, providing student veterans with services and assistance.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Search engine optimization is ongoing process

You have likely invested, to some degree, in search engine optimization – SEO – to improve how prospective customers find you via an internet search. Unfortunately, few companies continue to invest in this vital strategy.

CAREER CORNER

How can you help hopeless job seeker?

If you have a job seeker in your life, there’s a decent chance you’re concerned about them. This is especially true if they are currently unemployed.