Affordable Care Act approval sparks debate about Insure Tennesse - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Affordable Care Act approval sparks debate about Insure Tennessee

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The Affordable Care Act is here to stay, at least for now, but many Tennesseans asked about Insure Tennessee.

In a 6-3 vote Thursday, the Supreme Court upheld the nationwide federal tax subsidies under the healthcare law.

Thursday's vote marked the second time in three years the high court protected the act from legal challenges.

It also called into question the need for Insure Tennessee—a state-based health care program.

Memphians gathered at the democratic press conference to learn more about the push to get the Insure Tennessee bill passed.

“When I turn 26, I can't be on my parents' insurance anymore, and I want to know if there's going to be affordable options out there for me,” Memphian Feroza Freeland said.

“It effects all of our lives,” explained Martavius Jones. “I don't care how much money you have, your health is the most important aspect of all of our lives.”  

Thursday, Tennessee Democrats urged Governor Bill Haslam to act quickly and call a special session to pass the bill.

Insure Tennessee is the state's own modified version of the Affordable Care Act, made specifically for Tennesseans by the Governor.

“We had this decision today. We talked about timing and the decision of the Supreme Court. That was another excuse that came up for not having legislation heard, wait until after the Supreme Court made their decision,” Senator Antonio Parkinson of District 98-Raleigh said. “Well they've made their decision, now let's make our decision.”

Lawmakers said the plan would be more affordable and provide more health care options for citizens.

Senator Sara Kyle of District 30-Memphis said, “We have not got to vet this bill, talk about this bill. Yes, it has become partisan, but people have not allowed this to be vetted.”

The lawmakers added that Insure Tennessee would prevent hospitals from the risk of closure and help with continued employment at many hospitals in the future.

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