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VOL. 126 | NO. 98 | Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bill Allows Tenn. to Join Health Care Compact

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NASHVILLE (AP) – The Senate has passed a proposal that would allow Tennessee to join an interstate compact challenging the federal health care law.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet was approved 22-9 on Wednesday. But the legislation is unlikely to pass this session because the companion bill has been delayed until next year in the House Health and Human Resources Committee.

The proposal would provide a waiver for each participating state to create its own health care system. Beavers says the proposal is intended to give Tennesseans more choices concerning health care.

Opponents fear the compact, which has to be approved by Congress, could eventually lead to the abolishment of Medicare.

Said Democratic Sen. Roy Herron of Dresden: "That is not a road I'm prepared to travel."

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