Joining 11 senators and 59 House members — including former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. — 1st Congressional District Rep. Raul Labrador is calling on governors to resist creating state health exchanges.
Business groups favor the creation of an exchange, an online marketplace that enables individuals and small businesses to shop for insurance. Gov. Butch Otter had voiced support for the exchange, but backed away early in the 2012 legislative session, amidst opposition from lawmakers.
Under the federal health care law, the federal government can create an exchange if states do not establish their own system.
“I urge Gov. Otter to not implement an expensive, intrusive, punitive health exchange on the businesses and people of Idaho," said Labrador. "I urge all governors to let Congress finish the job the American people sent us to do, to fully repeal Obamacare and replace it with common-sense free market solutions.”
The lawmakers sent a letter to the National Governors Association Friday.
Here's the Labrador news release:
Idaho First District Congressman Raúl Labrador joined Senator Jim DeMint (SC), Congresswoman Michele Bachman (MN-06), Congressman Jim Jordan (OH-04) and 11 other senators and fifty-nine of his colleagues in the House in sending a letter to all 50 governors urging them not to set up state health exchanges, as directed under the provisions of Obamacare.
“The first vote I cast as congressman was to repeal Obamacare. Last week’s Supreme Court ruling made it clear that Congress must complete the task of fully repealing this terrible law which the majority of Americans oppose.”
“In the Idaho Legislature, I was a proud sponsor of the Idaho Health Care Freedom Act. That law was the catalyst for Idaho's principled stand against the federal government's intrusion into our healthcare decisions. We were right then in opposing Obamacare in the courts and we are right now in our continued effort to repeal this law.”
“I urge Governor Otter to not implement an expensive, intrusive, punitive health exchange on the businesses and people of Idaho. I urge all Governors to let Congress finish the job the American people sent us to do, to fully repeal Obamacare and replace it with common-sense free market solutions.”