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Tennessee Senate votes to compel blocking of federal health care

February 17th, 2010 12:00 am by Andy Sher, Chattanooga Times Free-Press

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.

Read the full report at the Chattanooga Times Free-Press Web site.

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