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Americans for Prosperity targets Sen. Overbey

News release from Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee
NASHVILLE – Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee (AFP-TN), the Volunteer State’s leading grassroots advocate for economic freedom, has announced it will hold State Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) accountable for his support of Obamacare expansion in Tennessee. Sen. Overbey was the sponsor of Governor Haslam’s InsureTN proposal to expand Obamacare.

AFP-TN activists and volunteers have already knocked on 3,000 doors and will knock on at least 5,000 doors before the effort is over. Many of Overbey’s constituents have been surprised to learn about his support for Obamacare expansion and his failing vote record. AFP-TN has also posted social media and sent mail pieces educating people about Overbey’s betrayal of Tennesseans.

“We are calling on Senator Overbey to drop the lies and repent from his Obamacare expansion support,” said AFP-TN state director, Andrew Ogles. “Holding elected officials accountable is what we do. Senator Overbey can try and distance himself from Obamacare now, but we are here to remind his constituents what he’s actually been doing and voting for in Nashville. It’s one thing when a legislator proclaims to believe in big government and increased spending. It’s entirely different when a legislator tells his constituents one thing, then does the opposite.”

Overbey was the only Republican state legislator to receive an “F” on the 2016 TennesseeTaxpayer Scorecard. Overbey’s low score is attributed to his sponsorships of Obamacare expansion through the legislation known as InsureTN, his opposition to school choice for special-needs students, and his failure to protect property rights in the legislature.

Overbey has begun robo-dialing Tennesseans calling AFP-TN grassroots activists a “special-interest group” and refuting his affiliation with Obamacare.

A recording of the Overbey response says, after the senator introduces himself: “I’m sorry to bother you, but I feel it’s important that I respond to a special interest group helping my opponent spread lies about my position. I want you to know that I do not, and have not, supported Obamacare.”

Note: Via email, an AFP spokeswoman advises that “all efforts are educational grassroots lobbying” — meaning the cost of those efforts will not be disclosed under relevant laws as campaign spending. AFP is also set up under federal law to avoid disclosure of those who donate to the organization.

Gov. Haslam helps Sen. Overbey bank $215K

State Sen. Doug Overbey, R-Maryville, raised $110,000 at a luncheon at Cherokee Country Club where Gov. Bill Haslam was the featured speaker, bringing his campaign account to more than $215,000 to seek re-election in 2016, reports Georgiana Vines.

The $1,000-per-person event on July 30 attracted about 180 people from Blount and Sevier counties, which Overbey represents, and from Knox County, where he is senior partner in the Robertson Overbey law firm.

“We were very fortunate (to raise the money). The governor was a big reason for that. He agreed to be our special guest,” Overbey said.

Among those attending were former Gov. Don Sundquist and his wife, Martha, who live in Blount County; state Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade; Court of Appeals Judge Michael Swiney; Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Norma McGee Ogle; Sen. Becky Massey, R-Knoxville; and former Knoxville mayor and U.S. ambassador Victor Ashe.

Overbey’s latest financial disclosure account filed on July 13 shows he has a $1,000 loan.

“That’s from my first House race. I loaned myself $1,000 to open a bank account. I’ve never demanded that I repay it,” he said.

Overbey served four terms in the House beginning in 2000 and is in his second four-year term in the Senate. He said he isn’t aware of anyone “nosing around” to run against him.

Senate committee kills Insure Tennessee (again)

By Lucas Johnson, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans failed again Tuesday, voted down by a key Senate committee a month after it was defeated in a special legislative session.

The Senate Commerce Committee voted 6-2 against the measure on Tuesday. One committee member abstained from voting.

Following the special session, the proposal had been resurrected on a 6-2 vote in the Senate Health Committee.

However, prospects for passage this last time were slim, even though Haslam tried to make his case with individual committee members.

Before Tuesday’s vote, sponsors of the legislation tried to assure committee members their concerns about the proposal had been addressed.

Under the two-year pilot program, hospitals would cover the $74 million state share to draw down $2.8 billion in federal Medicaid funds. Many opponents of the measure are unwilling to vote for a program tied to President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The revived proposal incorporated three new elements to address concerns raised by lawmakers during the special session. They included adding a “lockout provision” for enrollees who repeatedly fail to pay premiums; assurances from Haslam not to proceed if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against federal health insurance marketplaces; and requirements for the federal government to guarantee that Tennessee can drop the program if it ends up being more expensive than planned.
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Senators’ Insure TN dialog: Overbey issues statement; Kelsey tweets

State Sen. Doug Overbey says he will sponsor Gov Bill Halsam’s Insure Tennessee proposal after being convinced by the governor the program “is uniquely crafted to meet our specific needs while utilizing conservative principles.”

“Insure Tennessee brings market principles and individual responsibility to the program,” Overbey said in a statement. “The program is designed to control health care costs and improve access to many working poor Tennesseans who would otherwise have no access to affordable health insurance.”

Further from the Chattanooga TFP:

Overbey decided to sponsor the resolution allowing Haslam to seeks a waiver of federal Medicaid rules to extend health coverage to some 280,000 to 300,000 low-income Tennesseans, after Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, declined to carry it.

“This program is especially important to struggling rural hospitals that lost funding under the Affordable Care Act for treating poor patients who cannot pay,” Overbey said. “Unless it is approved, the loss of this funding could lead to the closure of some of our rural hospitals, meaning life and death for citizens in these areas to get to the nearest hospitals in a time of medical crisis.”

Meanwhile, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, an opponent of Haslam’s proposal, fired a political shot off Overbey’s bow on Thursday with a Twitter missive.

“I would encourage @SenDougOverbey to give Arkansas Rep. John Burris a call,” Kelsey tweeted.

Burris, a representative and “architect” of Arkansas’ Medicaid expansion plan, lost his bid for a state Senate seat last year, according to news accounts.

Note: Overbey’s full statement is below.
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