The Tennessee State House of Representatives passed the Health Freedom Act on March 7, 2011. According to an article posted by the chattanoogan.com,the House passed the “Tennessee Health Care Freedom Act” by a margin of 70-27, which was passed by the Tennessee Senate in February by a bipartisan vote of 21-10. HB 0115 (SB 79) will now proceed to Governor Bill Haslam for his signature.
The Act will ensures that Tennesseans will be free to choose health insurance and prevents the government from punishing a Tennessee resident for non-participation in so called “mandatory” insurance programs. Tennessee joins
Tennessee joins Virginia, Idaho, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, and Oklahoma as the first eight states to pass a law or constitutional amendment providing protections to its citizens from the federally mandated health insurance measures.
The Constitution really does matter, and the legislature of the State of Tennessee should be commended for their passage of this important law. Regardless of political rhetoric, or the need to fix the health insurance problems in this country, Constitutional freedoms must be preserved.