Idaho’s state House passed a bill on Wednesday that would try to nullify the federal health care law passed last year. According to The Spokesman-Review:
Idaho’s state House passed legislation Wednesday attempting to nullify federal health care reform, ordering state employees not to do anything to carry it out - despite two state attorney general opinions warning the move was unconstitutional.
The bill, HB 117, passed on a 49-20 vote and now moves to the Senate, where its fate is uncertain. The opposition was bipartisan, and nearly an hour and a half of debate preceded the vote.
Idaho’s HB 117 states the following: (bolding is mine)
RELATING TO STATE SOVEREIGNTY AND HEALTH AND SAFETY; PROVIDING LEGISLATIVE
3INTENT; AMENDING SECTION 39-9003, IDAHO CODE, TO REVISE A STATEMENT OF
4PUBLIC POLICY, TO HEREBY DECLARE THAT THE PUBLIC POLICY OF THE STATE
5OF IDAHO IS THAT NO PERSON WITHIN THE STATE OF IDAHO SHALL BE COMPELLED
6TO PARTICIPATE IN CERTAIN HEALTH INSURANCE, THAT EVERY EMPLOYER IN THE
7STATE OF IDAHO SHALL BE FREE TO DECIDE WHETHER TO OFFER, MAINTAIN, CON-
8TRIBUTE TO OR MODIFY CERTAIN HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS, THAT THE STATE OF
9IDAHO REAFFIRMS ITS SOVEREIGN POWER, AND THAT THE CONSTRUCTION OR EX-
10PANSION OF CERTAIN HOSPITALS OR MEDICAL FACILITIES IS A MATTER RESERVED
11TO THE JURISDICTION OF THE STATE OF IDAHO;
The Democrats’ 2010 health care legislation is taking continual hits from state legislatures and the courts. In the spring of 2010, Virginia state lawmakers passed a bill in both chambers, which was later signed by Republican Governor Bob McDonnell, that would protect their citizens from being mandated to buy health insurance or participate in any health care program against their will. Two federal courts made decisions on the health care legislation and finding the either the individual mandate and or the law itself was unconstitutional.