Dozens of states are planning to push back if Congress manages to shove through their 2000+ page suicide note. And Idaho (that’s where I live! :^) is the first state to fully enact a measure in order to attempt to nullify any federal mandate that its citizens purchase federally-approved health care insurance:
Virginia may have beaten Missouri to the punch nearly two weeks ago when it became the first state to approve legislation allowing its citizens to avoid a federal mandate to buy health insurance, but Idaho topped that by becoming the first state to actually have its governor sign such a bill into law on Wednesday.
Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter stressed that the measure, deemed the Idaho Health Freedom Act, will keep citizens of that state from having to “turn over another part of their life to government control,” reports the Associated Press. He also believes it will have significant nationwide clout, especially if the 37 other states working on such legislation ultimately follow Idaho’s lead.
The Idaho Health Freedom Act says “every person within the state of Idaho is and shall be free to choose or decline to choose any mode of securing health care services without penalty or threat of penalty by the federal government of the United States of America.” And so Idaho now appears to be set to argue the unconstitutionality of its citizens being subject to any such federal mandate.
The law directs Idaho’s attorney general to sue if mandatory insurance becomes federal law. State lawmakers opted for a bill rather than a resolution to give the measure greater weight and to help Idaho’s standing in court, where the issue seems headed.
Let’s hope that it is unnecessary!