Press release from the Tennessee Chapter of Americans for Prosperity, August 13, 2015:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The unofficial results are in and Jason Zachary has been elected to the open seat for Tennessee House District 14. The candidates were similar on most issues, except whether or not Tennessee should expand Medicaid under Obamacare.
Governor Haslam proposed the Insure Tennessee plan during the special legislative session at the beginning of the year. Insure Tennessee was promptly defeated in the Senate Health Committee and again each time the supporters sought to resuscitate it.
The defining issue of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion proved to be all the Zachary camp needed to pull off a big victory. It didn’t hurt that Zachary was also firmly opposed to raising the gas tax, while his opponent was not nearly as resolute on the issue.
“The voters have spoken: HD14 served as a referendum on big government,” said Andrew Ogles, state director of Americans for Prosperity Tennessee. “If Gov. Haslam is serious about improving the lives of hard working Tennesseans, then he needs to stop forcing liberal policies like Insure TN and increases to the Gas Tax and focus on job creation and growing the Tennessee economy.”