Council members want to weigh in on health care reform law

Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 11:28am

Three Metro Council members are asking colleagues to support a state bill known as the Tennessee Health Care Freedom Act, an attempt by conservative legislators to effectively nullify President Obama’s new health care reform law.

If approved, the non-binding memorializing resolution, sponsored by council members Jim Gotto, Robert Duvall and Phil Claiborne, would put the Metro Council on record as supporting the controversial state bill, which has cleared the Senate but still needs approval in the House.

The resolution is set to go before the council at its April 20 meeting.

Gotto, who is running as a Republican for the House District 60 seat held by departing Democrat Ben West Jr., asked to suspend rules at last week’s council meeting to introduce the bill after the filing deadline had passed to allow an immediate vote. The council shot down the request.

“Regardless of which side of this debate you are on, we owe it the individuals we represent to weigh in on this issue prior the vote in the Tennessee House of Representatives,” Gotto said.

The proposed memorializing resolution “recognizes the need for health care reform” to expand coverage and control costs. 

However, “The Health care reform plan proposed by the Obama administration and recently passed by the U.S. Congress will greatly expand government control over the health care sector, which makes up 17 percent of the entire United States economy,” the legislation reads. 

13 Comments on this post:

By: WSPanic on 4/15/10 at 10:20

How about saving the Metro brush collection program first. Then, move on to health care.

By: Kosh III on 4/15/10 at 12:30

And the jobs of bus drivers and janitors!

By: Melstruck on 4/15/10 at 9:01

Non-binding memorializing resolution? Why doesn't our Council concentrate on the issues here locally that they actually were elected to work on?

By: idgaf on 4/16/10 at 3:04

Non binding ='s useless piece of crap.

Want to voice YOUR opinion publically or privately that is your business but don't grandstand on our dime and take ink away from things that really matter.

By: oldhickorytony on 4/16/10 at 6:10


By: openminded303 on 4/16/10 at 8:06

This is just another effort for someone running for office to grandstand. There is enough going on with the budget to keep all of them busy for the next 2 months. They need to worry about saving the jobs that could possibly be lost due to the budget cuts. Then what are those going to do about health care. They will be going to General Hospital to run up their budget and the hospital will be back asking for another emergency loan.

By: sidneyames on 4/16/10 at 9:20

By: WSPanic on 4/15/10 at 11:20
How about saving the Metro brush collection program first. Then, move on to health care.
By: Kosh III on 4/15/10 at 1:30
And the jobs of bus drivers and janitors!

I second that emotion.

I do not want anyone forcing me to buy health care. What's next? Forcing me to drink vodka? Well obama is in bed with Russia.

By: sidneyames on 4/16/10 at 9:23

Open minded. This health care bill has already run 60 doctor run hospitals out of the running; and many docs don't like it.

If 450,000 Americans or 1 million, need help, don't force the other 300 million to be slaves to the gov-ment by mandating health care. That's stupid.

IF your house is paid for, the bank does not have any vested interest and so you don't HAVE to have insurance. If your house burns down, of course, you would want it. BUT it is not MANDATORY to have home owners insurance unless you have a lienholder, bank or mortgage co.

So health insurance SHOULD NOT be mandatory. help those who ask for or need help, not the rest of us. WE are fine. We have a brain and we use it.

Obama anad peolsi are not god.

By: gdiafante on 4/16/10 at 11:30

Looks like the council is pandering to the teabaggers. As usual, a monumental waste of time and money. Go figure.

By: AmyLiorate on 4/16/10 at 1:33

How about they figure out that their job is LOCAL, not State, not Federal.

If it's not covered in the Metro Charter - then it's not their job.

If they really want to be conservatives then they should not choose to waste time and even a minor amount of money bringing up a silly resolution like this.

Same goes for the State politicians who spend one day a year declaring crap like "recognition of Monell's restaurant".

By: Dragon on 4/16/10 at 2:09

The new ObamaCare Health Insurance laws have a very direct effect on Metro, its employees and its citizens.

But, I suppose, if you disagree with the Tennessee Health Care Freedom Act, then you oppose any resolution that supports it.

By: idgaf on 4/16/10 at 7:08

Dragon you are right and I reverse my position.

It can be usefull to support the state to fight this and use as evidence in the court battle that is sure to follow.

By: pswindle on 4/16/10 at 7:51

No one is making anyone buy health insurance. If you are happy with what you have, you can keep it. If you don't have health insurance, don't ask the rest of TN to buy it for you. You will have to pay somethning. That's the American way. I wish the Tea Party and Republicans would read and do their homework withiout the belly-ache that they always dish out.