Press release from Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee; February 4, 2015:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — After numerous hearings over the past couple of weeks the Senate Health Committee voted against the plan to expand Medicaid under Obamacare 7:4. A sea of red shirts in committees and the halls of legislative plaza turned the tide against the Insure Tennessee Medicaid expansion proposal.
Over 200 activists with Americans for Prosperity converged on the Capitol for the committee hearings yesterday. They came from all areas of the state: Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Tri-Cities; many volunteers took off work and drove four or more hours to attend.
After the vote AFP-TN state director Andrew Ogles stated: “We couldn’t have done this without our grassroots activists showing up to hold their legislators accountable. This is truly a victory for the Tennessee taxpayers.”
“We commend the Senators voting to defeat this measure and other legislators who led the fight. Thank you for listening to your constituents and voting to stop Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in Tennessee.”
The special session Senate Health Committee members casting the votes were as follows:
Senators voting against the measure – Mike Bell (R), Janice Bowling (R), Todd Gardenhire (R), Frank Nicely (R), Brian Kelsey (R), Kerry Roberts (R), and Rusty Crowe (R)
Voting for Medicaid expansion under Obamacare: Dr. Richard Briggs (R), Becky Massey (R), Ed Jackson (R), and Jeff Yarbro (D).