by Jeff Woods
Tennessee recently adopted an emergency rule declaring that anyone who could be described as an “enrollment assister” must undergo a criminal background check, fingerprinting, and twelve hours of course work. The hurdles would hamper hospital financial counsellors in the state — and, by some interpretations, ordinary good Samaritans — from simply helping someone get insurance.
An eight-hour safety class is required to obtain a handgun carry permit. So at least four hours before Obamacare's counselors can finish jumping through the hoops required to help people become insured, any yahoo can waltz around with a pistol in his pocket in this state.
A judge wouldn't block these "emergency" state rules for the Affordable Care Act yesterday but scheduled another hearing on a lawsuit to throw them out. Gov. Bill Haslam, meanwhile, is insisting all the red tape isn't aimed at strangling Obamacare.
“It’s certainly not intended to be a stumbling block,” Haslam said, batting his eyes innocently after cutting a ribbon in Nashville.