(February 24, 2014) NASHVILLE – Americans for Prosperity – Tennessee (AFPTN) applauds the passage of House bill 937, the AFP sponsored Stop Obamacare Act.
The sponsor, Rep. Jeremy Durham stated: “This legislation ensures that the legislature will have the ability to block any proposed Medicaid Expansion pursuant to Obamacare. The bill also provides that any expansion proposal must go through the regular legislative process and cannot be placed into the state budget.”
Tennessee was one of a handful of states still debating whether or not to expand Medicaid. While the lure of matching federal dollars was enough to ensnare other states into taking the bait of this failed program, the Tennessee legislature was able to simply dodge the trap. Requiring any expansion of Medicaid to be passed by the legislature ensures the failure of future attempts to expand.
AFPTN State Director Andrew Ogles commented, “The conservative majority in both houses is committed to putting the fiscal future of the state of Tennessee ahead of the President’s empty promises.
Ogles continued, “The passage of this bill sends a clear message to lazy bureaucrats in D.C. – If you won’t stop Obama and his liberal agenda in D.C., we will in Tennessee. I commend Rep. Durham, Sen. Kelsey, and those legislators who took a stand against Obama and condemn those legislators trying to bankrupt the state.”
The Senate version of this bill is expected to be heard in the Senate next week.