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Jason Hodges

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Petitioning Bill Lee, Mark Green, Marsha Blackburn, Bill Powers, Jason Hodges, Jay D. Reedy, Richard Briggs, Curtis G. Johnson, Katrina Robinson

Make Life Saving Insulin More Affordable

It's time for all Tennesseeans to have affordable insulin! My son, Trevon was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 4. We are fortunate enough to have good health insurance to cover the expensive cost of insulin and other diabetic related supplies.  Diabetics that are unable to afford their insulin run the risk of many health problems: Blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage, limb loss, depression, and death. Although diabetes has been around for centuries along with insulin, drug manufactures continue to raise the costs for this medicine versus developing a cure. I believe that families shouldn't have to worry about how they will buy life-sustaining medication while giant pharmaceutical companies rake in record-setting profits. This petition is not asking for free insulin. It is asking for fair pricing for medications that are needed to sustain life. Only we, the people of the United States of America can change things. Only we, are able to make our voices heard, raise awareness, and put a cap on what a diabetic has to spend monthly on a medication that they need to live and be a functional member of society.  Canada’s price for insulin is $90, and Colorado recently passed an insulin price cap of $100 per month. It's time for Tennessee to join Colorado in passing a price cap on this life-saving drug. The insulin price cap in Colorado has shown that it’s possible for states to take control of outrageous insulin pricing and as a result, to save lives. It’s time for Tennessee to join them in protecting Tennesseans with diabetes from avoidable health risks. I urge you to look into the legislation that Colorado passed as a potential example for Tennessee to follow.

Richard Garrett
20,285 supporters
Petitioning Stacy Miller, Marsha Blackburn, Charlie Baum, Bill Beck, Boyd Clark, Rush Bricken, David Byrd, Kent Calfee, Karen D. Camper, Dale Carr, Mike Carter, Glen Casada, Scott Cepicky, David Briley, Jesse ...

Justice For Kyle Yorlets

On Thursday afternoon we all got the call we never could’ve expected. Kyle Yorlets, an exuberant, talented, wonderful, 24 year old human being was robbed, shot and killed outside of his Nashville, TN home.  Kyle was the victim of an incredibly violent, senseless act of criminal homicide led by five murderers spanning from ages 12-16. Kyle was a son, a brother, a friend, a protector and a kind, loving creative soul. He was the first person to help anyone, he was an absolute light to everyone he crossed paths with. He never knew a stranger and wholeheartedly, sincerely cared about everyone in his life. When he spoke to you, you felt as though you were the only two people in the room because he actually truly engaged and cared. He loved writing, and making music for his band Carverton. His passion showed no limits - he was ready to push every boundary to make sure his music helped and impacted people the way music had helped him. The Nashville Defense Attorney over this case is trying to justify their numerous crimes and lessen the sentence for these five murderers by saying they’re “too young” and they “cooperated after arrest”. There is no justification that will make the reality and severity of this situation any better. Kyle had his life stolen from him far too soon by these five murderers and we want justice.  We, Kyle’s friends, peers and loved ones are outraged and taking a stand against this naive judgement and want these individuals, tried as adults to the fullest extent of the law.  Kyle and his kind, loving sprit, infectious ambition and love for others will never be forgotten.  Please stand with us and sign this petition to bring justice for Kyle Yorlets.       

Kylie rebecca
4,399 supporters
Petitioning Tennessee State Senate, Mike Harrison (Rogersville, TN), David Hawk, Steve McDaniel, Governor Lee, Charlie Baum, Bill Beck, Clark Boyd, Rush Bricken, David Byrd, Kent Calfee, Karen Camper, Dale Car...

TENNESSEE PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE UNDER ATTACK!

Public education is under attack by the passing of a bill that would fund vouchers for private, private parochial school and homeschooling by robbing millions from our public schools. Schools receiving these funds are not held to the same accountability as public schools. Students of these schools do 1/2 the testing. Should these students leave the the private parochial, private or homeschool the $7,000 stipend does not follow the student. Voucher programs such as this have been implemented with little success in states like Florida, Arizona and Michigan. In fact, Marcus May of Florida was able to steal millions of tax payer dollars by putting the money into his personal accounts. The ESA (Educational Savings Accounts) debit cards have also been used for items like t.v.s. and beauty products. Even with the $7,000 these students cannot afford to pay the difference for tuition. In fact, in Arizona only 4% of voucher money was utilized by the underprivileged while 75% of affluent families used them.  Not to mention the unlawfulness of vouchers including the lack of separation of church and state (religious private schools are included).  As well, Plyler v. Doe landmark decision from 1982 states regardless of immigration status a free public education cannot be withheld.  Tennessee's voucher bill will not be available to students who are undocumented. Our state must fully fund our schools.  So many programs have been tried in our state with little to no success. What has not been tried is FULLY FUNDING our schools and let the professionals "TEACHERS" do their job without the stress of underfunding.  Stop allowing outside interest group steal the future of our kids. I am a middle school teacher in Knox County. I am also a parent of two public school children. I have proudly served my district for over 15 years. I am passionate about teaching in public school and know all the amazing things happening in our schools. Trust teachers to make the decisions that will best help students. Our legislators are yet to ask our opinions when it comes to fixing our schools.  Come visit our schools and spend a day with us.   I see teachers working tirelessly, spend their own money for supplies, work extra jobs to make ends meet and spend a large portion of their salaries providing daycare for their children. I read of schools in our district that are unsafe, underfunded and overcrowded. One such school students could not have class due to carbon monoxide leaks (teachers purchased carbon monoxide detectors since it wasn't the first time they'd had a leak). Yet more money will be pulled from our schools.  I have traveled to Nashville to protest as well as marched with hundreds of other educators against this bill because this bill will bankrupt our schools. 

Virginia Fletcher
3,061 supporters
Make Life Saving Insulin More Affordable

TennCare spent a total of $140,870,968 in pharmacy reimbursement of insulin products last year. That is just a fraction of what Tennesseans have spent on insulin total. The list price of common types of insulin has almost tripled over the last decade. Yet, that is not the case worldwide. While the US only uses about 15% of the world’s insulin, it pays pharmaceutical companies over half their profit margin on insulin. This is why I am sponsoring a bill limiting the amount a pharmaceutical company can charge for insulin to $100 in Tennessee. It is time that they stop price gauging our citizens. Several other states have attempted to address this issue as well. Colorado being the most successful, capped insurance from charging customers over $100. While this is a great plan for Colorado, the number of uninsured and underinsured in Tennessee would prevent this solution from being as successful here. This is why my bill will attempt to go directly after the companies that are inflating prices on this life saving drug in the first place.

4 months ago