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Attorney General: 2014 "Stop Obamacare Act" is constitutional

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee’s Attorney General says the anti-Obamacare measure passed by the State Legislature and signed into law last year does not violate the state constitution.

The Tennessee Report says Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slattery has rendered the opinion that the 2014 “Stop Obamacare Act” is constitutional. Slattery writes in part that the law “involves nothing more than an exercise of legislative authority by the General Assembly through constitutionally permissible means.”

The opinion was requested by freshman State Senator Jeff Yarbro of Nashville. Yarbro wanted to know if Gov. Bill Haslam had the authority to unilaterally launch the Medicaid expansion plan he negotiated with the Obama Administration; a plan summarily dismissed by Republican lawmakers twice.

Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee plan would extend health insurance coverage to about 280,000 uninsured Tennesseans.