Tennessee Senate votes to compel blocking of federal health care
Andy Sher, Chattanooga Times Free-Press
Feb 17, 2010 at 12:00 AM
According to the Chattanooga Times Free-Press, Tennessee State senators voted 26-1 Wednesday to compel the state attorney general’s office to launch legal challenges against any would-be federal legislation mandating that individuals purchase health insurance.The sponsor of the “Tennessee Health Freedom Act,” Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mount Juliet, told colleagues the bill “would not nullify any federal law. It would simply acknowledge the right of individuals not to participate in a government-run health program.”Sen. Andy Berke, D-Chattanooga, was the lone “no” vote. Five senators abstained. The bill has yet to move in the House.