January 17, 2014 2:52 pm -

This is how pervasive and how poisonous the anti-Obama Republicans are.  State Senators Mae Beavers (pictured) and Mark Pody would prevent state agencies from cooperating in any way the the Affordable Care Act.

“The federal government does not have constitutional authority to commandeer state and local governments to enforce or implement these federal health care mandates,” Beavers explained. “This legislation takes a very strong stand to resist this federal overreach of power.”

Beavers said that it was not immediately clear how the law would affect the more than 36,000 Tennesseans who had already purchased insurance through the federal health care exchanges. And would also cause problems for Tennessee’s Medicaid program, TennCare, which uses the website.

How nice! It’s her bill and she has no idea how it would affect her state’s residents.

The bill would make it illegal for state and local officials to “assist in implementing” anything to do with the federal law. Employees and contractors in local, state and education institutions would be forbid from using the health care exchanges.

But the Nashville Scene‘s Betsy Phillips pointed out that the wording of the legislation could also put university hospitals in the difficult position of having to verify how a person purchased coverage because the same plans are often available through the website and directly through insurance companies.

And that would mean they could deny service or be regarded as violating this law.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.