September 29, 2009
Johnson, Casada, and Sargent
“Health Care Choice Act”
September 29, 2009, NASHVILLE – State Senator Jack Johnson (R-Franklin), along with Representatives Glen Casada (R-College Grove) and Charles Sargent
(R-Franklin)announced today that they support the “Health Care Choice Act” in an effort to lower health insurance costs and provide choice to Tennesseans. The legislation would allow Tennesseans to purchase health insurance plans from companies in other states, a practice that is currently prohibited.
“Americans want and deserve health care reform but not the government-run health care that is being discussed in Washington. This legislation is health care reform at the state level that will lower heath insurance costs and provide more choices to Tennesseans,” said Senator Jack Johnson.
The Health Care Choice Act will expand the number of health care plans available for purchase from 127 in Tennessee to potentially more than 5,000 plans nationwide1.
“The goal is to lower costs by offering more choices,” said Rep. Casada. “With this legislation, Tennesseans will have more access to affordable health care insurance.”
Representative Sargent stated, “It’s important that people have the option to be able to purchase affordable insurance plans without the limitations of individual state mandates. This would expand the pool from which people have to choose insurance plans. Competition in the market place will lower prices and increase the quality of their choices.”
At least 5 other states have introduced similar legislation, including New Jersey, Colorado, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington. A bill introduced on the federal level aims to allow states to enter into an interstate compact to sell health insurance over state lines. The Washington Post recently reported that Tennessee’s own Senator Bob Corker is pursuing legislation on the federal level to allow a new insurance exchange, allowing companies to compete across state lines nationwide.
Representative Casada added, “My constituents are disappointed and frustrated with Washington’s current discussions on healthcare reform. I feel compelled to examine and offer a more efficient and rational solution. I am proud to join my House colleagues in this alternative endeavor.”
“It’s time for state legislatures to weigh in on this national debate and take a stand against government-run health care,” said Senator Johnson. “I look forward to having this discussion with my colleagues, so that we can work together to make health insurance more affordable for more Tennesseans,” he concluded.
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