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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee


Rep. Black Laments BlueCross BlueShield Obamacare Exit in Portions of Tennessee

September 26, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a registered nurse and member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, responded today to BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s decision to exit the Obamacare marketplaces in Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville next year. Black released the following statement:

“Tennesseans continue to bear the brunt of Obamacare’s failures, whether it was the loss of our Obamacare co-op, the closure of CoverTN, or today’s news that our largest insurer will be exiting the marketplace altogether in certain regions of the state. As a nurse, it pains me to know how this will impact real people throughout Tennessee – the latest victims of President Obama’s lie that ‘if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it,’” said Congressman Diane Black. “We warned of the healthcare law’s pitfalls last year when the President traveled to Nashville as part of his “Obamacare victory lap.” After today’s news, I invite the President to come back to our state so that he can look Tennessee families in the eye and apologize for how he misled them.”

Congressman Black added, “To make matters worse, there is still no law in place to protect taxpayers from Obamacare fines in the event that all insurers pull out of a particular marketplace. That means that, even if Tennesseans had no insurance options to choose from, they would still be subject to Obamacare’s individual mandate, which levies a penalty for not buying insurance. That is why I introduced the Relief from Obamacare Exchange Failures Act last week – legislation shielding Americans from penalties if there are no Obamacare-exchange individual plans offered in their region. I have previously voted to repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate altogether, but at the very least Democrats and Republicans should be able to agree on scrapping this mandate for those who have no options – a threat that is becoming increasingly real for families in my state.”

Read Congressman Black’s op-ed in Independent Journal Review about House Republicans’ Obamacare replacement plan HERE.


Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a nurse for more than 40 years and serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and Budget Committee.