published Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Tennessee Legislature rejects health-law mandate

NASHVILLE — The House approved and sent to Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday a bill declaring that Tennesseans can ignore a federal law's requirement that they buy health insurance.

The Tennessee Health Care Freedom Act - SB79 - was approved 70-27 with all no votes coming from Democrats. It was approved by the Senate on a similar party-line vote, 21-10, on Feb. 23.

Haslam said during last year's campaign that he would sign legislation carrying the same concept.

Similar legislation failed last year, passed by both the House and Senate but in different forms. This year's bill does not include one controversial provision in last year's version that called on the state attorney general to file a lawsuit against the federal Affordable Health Care Act.

More at The Knoxville News Sentinel.

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EaTn said...

I assume the right wingers have got a plan on how to pay for the medical care of those who opt out of purchasing health insurance--oh I guess they don't. Then who do you suppose will pay for those who think it's their right not to buy insurance?

March 8, 2011 at 2:22 p.m.
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