Frist says lawmakers not paying enough attention to health care

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist says state lawmakers should be paying more attention to health care issues.

Frist, a Republican from Nashville, says more needs to be done to reduce the number of Tennesseans who don't have health insurance.

He posted the comments on his blog after the General Assembly convened Tuesday.

The commentary is another example of the former Senate majority leader becoming more involved in state politics as he considers a bid for governor in 2010. He has also stepped up his fundraising for state Republicans and his speaking engagements before GOP groups.

Frist is a physician who was elected to the Senate in 1994. He served two six-year terms.

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