Idaho politics: Labrador tells governors to reject health exchanges

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.”

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What free market solutions?

These idiots and their misguided faith in 'free-market' solutions. The free market is guided by one thing and only one thing; greed. It has its' usefulness, but is not the answer to everything. The hypocrisy of Christian Republicans who think our economy and society should be based entirely on 'self-interest' is without end.

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

You paint your disdain for free markets with a broad brush.

Even for a Social Democrat. Millions of shop owners are working 70 hour weeks, just to stay afloat. And you call them greedy.

They employ most of the people in the country.

My disdain is for people like Lab that blindly believe the

free market is a panacea to all of society's issues. Self-interest has its' uses; regulated capitalism has shown to be a very effective system for promoting and enabling economic activity. It is not however, a method to solve societal problems or provide for the 'least of us'.

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

What the American people sent you to do...

Isn't it funny how these Tea Party "conservative Republicans" like to cram their do-nothing, obstructionist philosophy of so-called "small government" down the throats of the American people? Raul, the health care exchange is part of a legislative package passed by both houses of the United States Congress, signed by the President of the United States of America, and upheld by the United States Supreme Court. If Idaho Republicans can't put together a state run health exchange, the Federal government will act for them. Well Raul, maybe Idahoans will come out ahead after all; God knows what kind of plan our state Republican leadership would come up with.

free markets

Free markets always have their victims--the people. The goal of businesses in a free market is to charge the maximum, pay the minimum, a be responsible to no one.

Is Labrador running for Governor already?

He doesn't have enough to do in Washington, DC? Now he needs to tell the Governor what to do?
Since when do members of the Idaho GOP go against the wishes of business? When you consider how many business organizations endorse the idea of a state run exchange, it appears many Republicans would rather make political statements than work with Idaho business to develop policy for the state.

GOP focus

I hope everyone realizes that the GOP no longer has the interest in the United States but only on removing Democrats. They'd lock their parents up if it meant they could win. They sure aren't patriots.

Obama's willing slaves

are certainly mouthy today. Whats the matter, your government checks late?


No, it's just hard to watch hard working people take it in the shorts all the time.

What are you talking about?

Do you realize there are a lot of Republicans that support the idea of a state-based exchange? I'm not sure what "government checks" have to do with anything.

True That!

Most of the people getting those gov't checks here in Idaho are Tea Baggers!

You and,

Anderson Cooper.

Save Us from these Wackos!

I don't know why anyone would want to be on a list that includes that wacko, former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.

Reputations are made by the company you keep. If this is what Rep. Raul Labrador wants, then he should not be taken seriously.

Oh Labradoodle ...

hop on that inner tube and paddle back to Cuba already.


Small to medium business owners are the backbone of this country and they know full well what they aren't able to afford to give their employees, they see it in their eyes every time they hand out their paychecks or the late nights paying Uncle Sam more and more taxes and for what?!

This country in the last 30 years has done nothing but stomp on small businesses all in the name of governments inabiltiy to understand economics and intrude with programs to solve every American and world societal et al ill they can conceive.

pack your bags

Labrador you are nothing but a schill. You DO NOT come home to the Idaho people to get feedback and get the pulse of what the people need let alone want. You take money and hang out with politicos discussing how to get money. You do nothing but pander and pay ghost writers to make statements to papers, so you do not have to answer to Idaho people.

Pack your bags, when your next vote comes up you're out of here in this household and I am not cottoning to the D/R babbling whining sheep and politicians any longer. I'm Indapendant and have had it with YOU!

Labrador puts his personal political position over everyone

So Labrador wants the states to avoid the principal form of insurance premium control in the health care law.

Then he will complain when those states see premiums go up -- a total setup for nothing more than political purposes.

In the meantime, Labrador will use his Congressional health plan (which operates off a similar exchange, but he doesn't care about the hypocrisy) while complaining of Federal takeover when the Feds are forced to create exchanges instead.

Oh, and he'll accept money from hidden sources, so that he can lie to us about his receipts from the big health insurers.

What a jerk!

And the best part is ...

I'm a Republican, and this is the joke of a Congressman I've got.

common-sense free market solutions?

Would Labrador's solutions take away these benefits of the ACA?

Insurance companies would again be able to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions.
Young adults under 26 would not be able to be on their parents' insurance.
Insurance companies would again be able to terminate coverage on sick individuals.
Insurance companies would again be able to cap benefits, leading to financial ruin for thousands of families.
Insurance companies would again be able to not have limits set on how much they can claim for administrative costs.
Insurance companies would again not cover the cost of preventative screening.

Thanks for nothing Mr. Labrador. You have no solution. There is no free market at work in medicine. We have no real choice in our medical spending. There is no Walmart of hospitals. This Republican pipe dream of letting the magic of the market drive down the cost of healthcare is smoke being blown where the colon scope goes.


Is a moron.

He's making a believer out of me

Running on the platform that government is incompetent, Mr. Labrador is doing all he can to prove his case.

Unfortunately, issuing press releases is pretty weak tea. Tough to sell "common sense," when you can't even recognize when you're in over your head.

Labrador is an embarrassment. A poor leader, if a leader all.

Governor Otter’s original instincts were correct. No need to show professional courtesy to buffoons like Labrador, Denney and Semanko, Governor. They sure don’t return the favor. Labrador, Denney, Semanko and their ilk are an embarrassment. They damage our Party and Idaho Citizens.

Labrador and Bachmann

What a pair! When the two of them put their heads together no good can come of it. I live in his district but I certainly didn't vote for him and never will!