I read with great interest Bob Wilson’s post yesterday signaling that the Tennessee Opt Out “initiative” may be DOA this year. Indeed, I’d been checking Bill Tracking Reports since the first of January and I had not seen any formal re-introduction of opt out legislation this year in either Tennessee or South Carolina. As indicated by Bob, the Tennessee Walker version of opt out seems to have stumbled out of the gate.
Last November, during the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference held in Las Vegas, some—not nearly all—opt out proponents had bantered around the “i” word. You know it: “inevitable.” The talk was something like we sometimes see out of our nation’s capital. That is to say, some—again not nearly all—proponents were allowing that the opt out “alternative” was/is of obvious benefit; if some people disagree, it’s more a failure of the message than it is a failure of the merits.