Idaho's Labrador after 33rd House vote to repeal Obamacare: Only Congress can do away with harmful law

First District Rep. Raúl Labrador issued a statement Wednesday, shortly after the 244-185 vote to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Five Democrats -- all of whom opposed the law in 2010 -- joined a unanimous Republican caucus in voting for repeal. The vote was the 33rd time the House voted to scale back, de-fund or repeal the law. The latest bill is expected to die in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Labrador's statement follows:


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Idaho First District Congressman Raúl Labrador today issued the following statement on the House vote for full repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as “ObamaCare”:

“After the Supreme Court ruled ObamaCare constitutional, it is more clear than ever that the only way to do away with this harmful law is by Congressional action.

Since my time in the Idaho State Legislature it has become clear to me that Idahoans oppose every aspect of ObamaCare. That opposition led me to cosponsor the Idaho Healthcare Freedom Act when I was a member of the Idaho House of Representatives.

This law forces Idahoans to purchase a product against their will under the threat of paying a tax for not doing so. This amounts to one of the largest tax increases on Americans in history. The law will harm states, businesses and individuals. It will not lower the cost of healthcare for Idahoans, but instead take personal decisions out of the hands of individuals and families and place them with bureaucrats in Washington.

I will continue to fight to repeal ObamaCare in Congress until the job is done. We must enact real healthcare reform such as health savings accounts, tort reform and association health plans which will lower the cost of and increase access to healthcare. We can even look at retaining such provisions as coverage for preexisting conditions or the ability to keep our kids on our insurance for a longer time—but we must find ways to do so without raising taxes on millions of Americans and hiring thousands of new bureaucrats and I.R.S. agents the way ObamaCare would do.”

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Hey Raul, what about the state forcing us to buy auto insurance?

That law forces Idahoans to purchase a product against their will under the threat of having their driving license suspended and their drivng privileges revoked, and then, in order to be reinstated, they have to fork out additional monies for an SR-22. It's somewhat the same thing isn't it?

How do you feel about the state forcing college students at ISU, BSU and U of I to have SHIP, or their own health insurance? Seems like a double standard to me, no?

Raul, I am an Idahoan and I do NOT oppose a healthcare mandate. How about you, as my "representative" make sure that I have the same health coverage that YOU have.

How about that, Mr. First District Congressman of Idaho - Is THAT in your Idaho Healthcare Freedom Act? NO? I didn't think so!


You buy auto insurance to operate your vehicle on public roads. The purpose is you risk harming OTHERS when you operate a vehicle. Don't drive a car on public roads if you don't want to buy auto insurance.

Colleges do NOT force students to have buy their insurance. A student can sign a form to opt out.

If you want health coverage like a Congressman, maybe you should become a Congressman.

Good luck.

Opt out

The only way a student can opt out is if they have equal or better coverage.


True and good point.
Or be a part-time student. :-)

I can also choose NOT to be a student paying those fees. I still have a choice- perhaps, other states do not require it?? IDK.

Note that requirement was put in by the State Board of Education.


The whole mandate issue is whether the FEDERAL govt can do it.

Name another product the FEDERAL govt REQUIRES you to buy or face a penalty.

GET-Vaccinations, whether you pay or now, what you're young


You fry wants with that?

What is the estimated cost of running this bill yet again?

Staff time to draft? Time to debate? What legislation was put on the back burner so you could vote, yet again, on the same thing?

Honestly, Rep. Labrador. Do you really think this was worth any resources being spent? Did this vote change one thing? Do you honestly think we are such idiots that we don't know you are opposed to the ACA? You had to waste time and money to remind us by taking another meaningless vote?

These are the type of useless actions that make people lose faith in their "leaders". Even those opposed to the ACA should be disturbed by this wasteful action.


Why not ask that question directly to the FIVE democrats in agreement with it?

What makes me lose faith is when I hear that......

"we have to pass the bill in order to see what is in the bill."

Ya, the right is right. Right.

Perfect. Now will the voters finally wake up to the reality that they are clowns who have no answers. They want air time but have nothing to add and still our media fawns over their hubris.

Our political system and it's career inhabitants must go or we'll continue to circle the bowl.

Maybe we can abolish Congress.


You fry wants with that?

Raul, you won't be paying a tax, I won't be paying a tax,

Nobody I work with will be paying a is this one of the largest tax increases in history?

It makes people responsible for their own health care...does the GOP believe people without insurance should 'free-load' off those who are responsible?

Unless of course, you want it repealed so we can institute something better, such as single-payer...

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

You really need to do your homework....

Get away from MSNBC and the Statesman and check out the 21 new taxes coming on line with this "affordable care act".

"tetpilot" didn't do his homework - Gets an F

Since the Affordable Healthcare Act has been initiated:

.. discounts on meds have saved 5 million "Doughnut Hole" Medicare receipients $600 each
.. $5,400,000,000.00 (yes billion with a B) in fraud and abuse crackdowns returned money to Medicare
.. health insurance providers are already reducing their annual 7% increases to a current 4%
.. well checks are included in the new policies
.. small business owners will get a Tax Credit, plus deducting any premiums paid for employees.
.. my family will not pay one penney more to the Government for this reform.

.. Think about the numbers. Who do we already cover with current taxes?

- Politicians
- Police
- Firemen
- Active and retired military and their families
- Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security qualified disabled
- Federal, State, County and City office employees
- School teachers and college professors
- Prisioners, Guards, Wardens, Parole & Probation, Clerks
- County Commissioners
- Entire Judical system
- Highway maintenance, Planning & Zoning
- State Inspectors
- Project Managers
- Fish & Game Management and officers
- Park and Recreation employees and Director
- Tax Commission
- Brand Inspectors, Occupational Licensing Bureau, County Extension
- Children's Services
- Idaho Health Program employees

The Affordable Healthcare Act will cost Insurance Companies. And, since they have the most Lobbyists in D.C.,
that is who spreads the lies on Healthcare Reform.
The same lies were claimed on Medicare. Decades later, we all know the scary lies were not true.
Healthcare Reform will costs citizens less, and they will get more Healthcare. The CEOs will get less.

I hope you aren't a school teacher.....

Or a parent.

Have you actually looked at the list? Some of the things listed

aren't even taxes! Yes, there are some taxes in the law, but whoever is pushing tthis 21 new taxes line needs to stop making stuff up. As I've always said, there is enough wrong with the ACA without making stuff up.

Perhaps you could enlighten me...if you even knew.

So I'm asking for the facts of the 21 new taxes you spout off about...please list them.

The problem with just repeating a talking point is that when you someone asks you for the facts, the only response you can offer is 'do your own research'. Soooo, what's your response?

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

You must either be product of public education and.......

unable to do your own research or you are a flaming lib/socialist who expects everything to be delivered to you just because you snapped your fingers. Perhaps your babysitter can help you with this really tough research - think of it as teaching moment - you'll feel so much better.

Which private schools did you attend?

I went to both public and private schools. In both settings, I remember being taught that one had to be able to show their work and cite sources of information. Why do you get so angry when someone asks you to do this?

You might be right.....

I may just be an angry person. If that's true, I need to fix that. Thanks for calling this to my attention.

Thanks for proving my point.

If you are a product of a private school...your parents were ripped off.

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

Where were you when the bill was debated? Asleep!

During the debate all of the stakeholders were brought in and each added their view. The insurance companies needed to have everyone in so the rates would not be based upon having sick only in the program. Also the rates would go up to insure the sick and older students.

33rd Vote to NoWhere

Meanwhile H.R. 12, the American Jobs Act, has been gathering dust in committees for long enough for a Human Being to be conceived and birthed: .

Why do taxpayers pay you?

I'll bet the reproducive process was more satisfying.


You fry wants with that?

Only Congress can break a bill, Only they can builfd it again...

Where were you when Gene Pitney needed you?


You fry wants with that?