“Just Say No” was the loud and clear message sent to Governor Bill Haslam Wednesday by more than 200 people protesting the state's involvement in running a mandated health insurance exchange.
Tennessee is one of 10 states who face a December 14 deadline to decide if they will run it, or let the federal government do it as part of President Barack Obama's health care law passed in 2010.
Tennessee Tea Party members organized the rally which included short speeches from a variety of local conservative radio talk show hosts, a few state lawmakers, Tennessee Eagle Forum President Bobbie Patray and local businessman Lee Beaman.
Several members of the crowd carried signs that said things such as, “We Will Not Comply,” and “Stop Exchanges.”
Local talk show host Carl Boyd drew applause from the crowd when he said, “if Haslam doesn't say no, he must go!”
Another talk show host, Ralph Bristol, was handing out stickers that showed Governor Haslam's picture with a caption above it that said “ObamaCare Market,” and a caption below that said “Tennessee Store Manager???”