(The Tennessean) Several Middle Tennessee Republicans are taking on the Affordable Care Act, with a new bill that would bar state and local governments — and possibly also companies that do business with them — from buying health insurance through the federal website.
State Sen. Mae Beavers and three House Republicans released a bill Wednesday designed to stop President Barack Obama's health care reform law by discouraging use of its health insurance exchange, HealthCare.gov.
The bill is sure to face formidable legal questions. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that the core of the Affordable Care Act was constitutional, and past attempts to stop the health care law in Tennessee have run aground because of the well-established constitutional principle that state laws cannot trump federal laws.
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