Idaho GOP Chairman Norm Semanko says voters will remember that 18 Democrats in the Idaho House "sided with their counterparts in Washington, instead of standing up for the people of Idaho" on a vote requiring the state to sue the United States over any health insurance mandates.
All 52 House Republicans voted for the Health Freedom Act on Tuesday, with all 18 Democrats opposed. House Bill 391 is now in the hands of the Senate.
Experts on the Constitution have said the supremacy clause likely means any federal law requiring people to buy insurance would likely prevail over state laws aiming to undo that. But backers of the Idaho bill said the state could win at the Supreme Court, along with other states considering similar measures.
Semanko issued the following statement on the vote:
“I would like to commend the Idaho House Republicans for their unanimous vote in support of HB 391, the Idaho Health Freedom Act. This bill sends a strong message to the Obama administration and the democratic controlled Congress that the people of Idaho strongly oppose government mandated health care which would raise taxes, increase premiums, and place Washington bureaucrats between Idahoans and their doctors.
House democrats had an opportunity to vote for the Idaho Health Freedom Act, however, in a move that suggests that they aren’t listening to the people of Idaho; all House Democrats sided with Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and voted against HB 391. The People of Idaho have a strong memory and next November they will remember that these Democrats in the Idaho Legislature sided with their counterparts in Washington, instead of standing up for the people of Idaho.”
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