Haslam Signs Health Freedom Act
Friday, March 18, 2011 4:05 pm
Senate Bill 79, sponsored by Senator Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) and Representative Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster), does not seek to “nullify” any federal law, as it would allow individuals the option to participate in a federal program.
However, it acknowledges the right of Tennesseans to refuse to participate in a government-run health insurance program.
The legislation, called the Tennessee Health Care Freedom Act, seeks to protect a citizen’s right to participate, or not participate, in any healthcare system in Tennessee, and would prohibit the federal government from imposing fines or penalties on that person’s decision.