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Senate Panel Stops Attack on ‘the Achilles Heel of Obamacare’

After winning approval in a House committee, legislation to prohibit Tennessee insurance companies from participating in health care exchanges set under the Affordable Care Act has failed in the Senate.
The bill (SB666) got only one vote in the Senate Commerce Committee — that of the sponsor, Sen. Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville — after critical commentary from insurance company representatives and state officials. Gov. Bill Haslam said after the House vote that he opposes the bill.
The measure earlier won 6-2 approval in a House panel where sponsor Rep. Vance Dennis, R-Savannah, said it would exploit “the Achilles’ heel of Obamacare.” Since states control insurance companies, sponsors argued legislators can block the federal law by prohibiting state-licensed insurance firms from participating in the program.
Critics said that the result would likely be authorization from the federal government for out-of-state companies to sell insurance within Tennessee instead.
The two Democratic senators on the Commerce Committee voted against the bill. All Republicans on the panel — except Gresham — either abstained or were not present when the vote was taken.

Legislator Finds ‘Achilles Heel of Obamacare,’ House Sub Approves

Tennessee insurance companies would be prohibited from participating in the state’s federal health care exchange that will provide federally-subsidized medical insurance under a bill approved Wednesday by a House subcommittee.
Rep. Vance Dennis, R-Savannah, said he had found “the Achilles heel of Obamacare” with his bill (HB476) and, once Tennessee approves it, other states are likely to follow and doom the federal health care program.
“With this bill, I bring you the opportunity for your children and grandchildren and my children and grandchildren to save billions and billions of dollars of money being borrowed against them by the federal government,” said Dennis.
The “Achilles heel,” Dennis said, is that the federal law still allows states to control insurance companies. Thus, by declaring a state’s insurance companies cannot use the health care exchanges set up under Obamacare, the law can be negated, he said.
Dennis also contended that Obamacare would take business away from state insurance agencies writing policies for private insurance that is not subsidized by Obamacare.

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