NASHVILLE – Last week, every Tennessee House Republican voted to fund the Administration’s judicial assault on the Affordable Care Act. The vote, on an amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 3055) to “prevent the Department of Justice from using federal funds for litigation that undermines the Affordable Care Act,” passed 238-194. Tennessee’s House Republicans, Phil Roe (TN-1), Tim Burchett (TN-2), Chuck Fleischmann (TN-3), Scott DesJarlais (TN-4), John Rose (TN-6), Mark Green (TN-7), and David Kustoff (TN-8), all joined the losing effort.

A nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation study in late 2018 found that “nearly one-third of non-elderly adult Tennesseans — 32 percent —have at least one medical condition that would have allowed insurers to decline them coverage prior to the ACA.

“It’s reprehensible that as healthcare across Tennessee continues to deteriorate, every Tennessee House Republican voted with the Administration to take away coverage from nearly 1.27 million people,” said James Mackler, an Iraq war combat veteran and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate for Tennessee’s open seat. “Access to healthcare is a right and I’m running for U.S. Senate because Tennesseans need elected leaders who will say so instead of doing everything in their power to take us backwards to a time when people could be denied coverage at the moment they need it the most.”

Tennessee has the highest rate of hospital closures per person in the United States, with twelve facilities closing since 2010. Only Texas, a state with four times as many people, has seen more hospitals close. Healthcare in Tennessee, a state that failed to expand Medicaid, is so poor that it attracted national news coverage in both the Washington Post and the New York Times this week alone.

James Mackler, a Nashville attorney, closed his law practice after 9/11 to join the U.S. Army at the age of 30. He earned an age waiver, learned to fly Black Hawk helicopters, and did so in Iraq as a Screaming Eagle serving with the 101st Airborne Division. James launched his campaign for U.S. Senate in front of a recently closed hospital in McKenzie, TN, and has earned the endorsement of Governor Phil Bredesen. Learn more at www.JamesMackler.com.