Tennessee state Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mt.Juliet, has always been among the General Assembly's most ardent Obamacare foes. She's pleased "Insure Tennessee" was quickly dispensed with.
"I don't think it ever had a chance and I am glad it's over," Beavers told TNReport. "I'm glad it's gone."
Beavers was not disappointed that she didn't get a chance to pick apart the plan herself in a committee hearing. "I certainly heard the (administration's) presentation at least a dozen times," she said. "I think I could give it myself by now. "
Beavers also questioned the accuracy of an opinion survey the Haslam administration was circulating this week indicating majority support for "Insure Tennessee" among GOP voters in Tennessee, even while showing those same voters overwhelmingly oppose Obamcare.
"We all know how polls are -- it depends on how you ask the questions," she said. "I look at the first figure that we were given in the poll, and that was that 85 percent of the people were against Obamacare. The only thing that I understand that polls worse than that right now is the Common Core curriculum."
In 2011 Beavers won passage of the Tennessee Health Freedom Act, which sought to counteract the Affordable Care Act's mandate that all Americans carry a minimum level of health coverage by declaring "every person within this state is and shall be free to choose or to decline to choose any mode of securing health care services without penalty or threat of penalty."