Nashville Business Journal
Brian Reisinger, Staff Writer | Friday, March 18, 2011, 3:06pm CDT
Gov. Bill Haslam has signed into law a bill that proponents say would allow Tennessee residents a choice when it comes to federal health care reform.
The “Tennessee Health Care Freedom Act” passed the General Assembly recently, and the Republican governor signed it today, according to legislative records.
Advocates and Republicans who pushed the law say it allows residents to avoid the requirement that they buy health insurance. Parties in various court cases have been battling whether the “individual mandate” is constitutional, but Democrats say it’s necessary to bring down costs, and have created assistance for those who can’t afford insurance.
Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper, a Democrat, opined last year that an earlier version of the law would be pre-empted by federal law.