NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Scores cheered Wednesday as Tennessee legislation progressed that would require the state to opt out of the massive federal health care overhaul.
The legislation also asks the state attorney general to defend the action.
A House subcommittee approved the bill to move to the House Commerce Committee for consideration. It was a small victory for about 100 people who came to the Capitol to show their support for the "Tennessee Health Freedom Act."
Many who crowded the subcommittee room and watched from the hallway had returned after the panel delayed the bill last week when an amendment was added.
Gary Armstrong, a member of the Roane County Tea Party, said he was encouraged by the progress because conservative bills usually fail to make it out of House committees.