According to recommendations from the Tenth Amendment Center, there are four major steps that states can take to play a part in the nullification of the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare. (read about all four here)
So far, Tennessee has passed a Health Care Freedom Act and has rejected a state exchange, The third and first step, respectively. Senate Bill 1 (SB 0001) is a consideration of the second step in the nullification process: refusal to expand Medicaid.
SB 0001 was filed Nov.7 by Sen. Brian Kelsey and co-sponsored by Sen. Janice Bowling. Rep. Jeremy Durham said he will file the companion bill in the House.
SB 0001 states:
“Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the state shall not establish, facilitate, implement or participate in the expansion of the Medicaid program pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148, as amended. SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law, the public welfare requiring it.”
The Medicaid website reports:
“Beginning in January 2014, individuals under 65 years of age with income below 133 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) will be eligible for Medicaid. For the first time, low-income adults without children will be guaranteed coverage through Medicaid in every state without need for a waiver, and parents of children will be eligible at a uniform income level across all states.”
If SB 0001 passes, and Tennessee refuses to expand Medicaid, Tennessee will be one step away from full Obamacare nullification – passing a federal health care nullification act.
Action Items Tennessee residents, join the Nullify Obamacare group on Facebook, HERE
Model Legislation can be found HERE