Three Metro Council members are asking colleagues to support a state bill known as the Tennessee Health Care Freedom Act, an attempt by conservative legislators to effectively nullify President Obama’s new health care reform law.
If approved, the non-binding memorializing resolution, sponsored by council members Jim Gotto, Robert Duvall and Phil Claiborne, would put the Metro Council on record as supporting the controversial state bill, which has cleared the Senate but still needs approval in the House.
The resolution is set to go before the council at its April 20 meeting.
Gotto, who is running as a Republican for the House District 60 seat held by departing Democrat Ben West Jr., asked to suspend rules at last week’s council meeting to introduce the bill after the filing deadline had passed to allow an immediate vote. The council shot down the request.
“Regardless of which side of this debate you are on, we owe it the individuals we represent to weigh in on this issue prior the vote in the Tennessee House of Representatives,” Gotto said.
The proposed memorializing resolution “recognizes the need for health care reform” to expand coverage and control costs.
However, “The Health care reform plan proposed by the Obama administration and recently passed by the U.S. Congress will greatly expand government control over the health care sector, which makes up 17 percent of the entire United States economy,” the legislation reads.