The Tennessee Legislature has gone too far.
On May 1st, the legislature passed an amended bill (SB3597/HB3576, Bill Summary available at http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/billinfo/BillSummaryArchive.aspx?BillNumber=SB3597&ga=107) that prohibits state universities and also private universities that receive more than $24 million in state funds from adopting "all-comers" policies.
This bill is directed specifically at Vanderbilt University.
It is completely inappropriate for the state legislature to target a private institution in this manner. Furthermore, the funding that Vanderbilt receives from the state enables the VU Medical Center to provide free care. According to The Tennessean, this bill may jeopardize the hospital's funding in the future if Vanderbilt does not bow to the legislature's will.
Regardless of your belief about the "all-comers" policy, we can agree that this bill is absurd. Tennessee's legislature has no business meddling in the affairs of a private university, and threatening funding that is used to provide free care is simply inhumane. This is truly politics at its worst, and we won't stand for it. Tell Governor Haslam to veto this atrocious bill today.
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