TULLAHOMA, Tenn. – In response to tonight’s ruling by a Texas judge that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is unconstitutional, Dr. Thomas Phelps, a family physician in Tullahoma, issued the following response:

“What does Sen. Lamar Alexander have to say about this ruling? Despite voting to repeal and replace the ACA last year, he at one time had enough sense to know that it was wrong to completely do away with the health law without a plan in place saying last summer: ‘I don’t think Tennesseans would be comfortable canceling insurance for 22 million Americans, and trusting Congress to find a replacement in two years. Pilots like to know where they’re going to land when they take off, and we should too.’

“Is this ruling not exactly what Sen. Alexander once feared? I’d like to know whether he’s off celebrating like President Trump or if he’s doing the right thing by urging Attorney General Slatery to withdraw Tennessee from this disaster of a court case.”