Idaho contractors back Otter's state-run exchange, press case for sovereignty

The Idaho Associated General Contractors of Idaho is hoping to boost Gov. Butch Otter's fight to make Idaho one of a handful of states with Republican governors to establish a state-run online insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act.

Most GOP-controlled states are leaving the job to the federal government, a move Otter says is a threat to state sovereignty and an argument echoed by AGC. The plan, introduced this week as

Senate Bill 1042
, faces considerable resistance among GOP lawmakers, who object to cooperating with a federal law they fought to overturn in court and at the ballot box.

A letter signed by AGC Executive Director Wayne Hammon went to Otter and all 105 lawmakers Friday morning. Hammon was The Otter's budget chief for five years, before taking the AGC job last fall.

Writes Hammon: "The Idaho AGC believes that decision­-making authority on this matter is best
held at the individual citizen and state levels and that Idaho should continue
to exercise its sovereignty under the 10th amendment to the U.S. Constitution
to control its own destiny. Moreover, we believe that Idahoans can do a better
job tailoring the exchange to the needs of our members than can federal
bureaucrats half a continent away."

AGC represents about 700 public-works and commercial-building contractors.

Here's the text of Hammon's letter:

On behalf of the Idaho Associated General Contractors (AGC), I write in strong
endorsement of your bill to establish a state-created, market-­driven health
insurance exchange, S. 1042. Our members applaud your efforts to keep
Idaho among the states with the lowest cost for health insurance and support
your fight to reject expensive federal control and mandates.

The Idaho AGC is made up of almost 700 members that hail from every county
and corner of the state of Idaho. Our members construct the roads and
bridges Idahoans use every day to get to Work, deliver goods and products, or
even just drive around. They also build commercial properties including the
factories and office towers everyday Idahoans Work in, the schools and
universities at which our children are educated, and even the churches we
attend. Idaho AGC members are successful businessmen who build real,
tangible properties that help drive our state’s economy and employ thousands
of Idahoans in every community across the Gem State.

The Idaho AGC believes that decision­-making authority on this matter is best
held at the individual citizen and state levels and that Idaho should continue
to exercise its sovereignty under the 10th amendment to the U.S. Constitution
to control its own destiny. Moreover, we believe that Idahoans can do a better
job tailoring the exchange to the needs of our members than can federal
bureaucrats half a continent away.

The Idaho AGC commends you for your continued leadership on this front and
encourages all Members of the Idaho State Legislature to support S. 1042.

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And the Idaho Farm Bureau

And the Idaho Farm Bureau and the national Farm Bureau are opposed.

http://www.idahofb.org/index.php?action=news.article&rowid=184
http://www.alfafarmers.org/headlines/headline.phtml?id=6219

Yawn.

Two Entities Who's Members...

Pay very little for migrant labor.

and you think under the

and you think under the table cash only migrant construction workers are more righteous than under the table cash only migrant farm workers?

10th Amendment?

I think that since the U.S. Supreme (meaning no higher) Court ruled that the Healthcare Reform intiative was not against the U.S. Constitution that the Federal government is in control, and not the states. The Federal government has laid claim, under the U.S. Constitution, to be the leader before the states did so (and they had plenty of time). Therefore the right to inact laws concerning HRA, and ways and means, is not given away to the many states, by the supreme government of the nation, under their own sovereignities to govern. GOP governors will have to at least equal what the U.S. government has made into law, and not give their citizens less.

Sovereignty? What the crap is this, 1775?

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

This Is The Real Issue

And it guarantees the failure of Obama care. The Statesman has avoided any discussion of the actual costs of Obamacare. How about $20,000 a year for a family of 4? http://cnsnews.com/news/article/irs-cheapest-obamacare-plan-will-be-20000-family

Listen to R Limbaugh Much?

Seriously. Where are you getting your 'facts'?

Those numbers are taken

Those numbers are taken directly from the IRS publication, so yes... that seems pretty authoritative.

http://www.irs.gov/PUP/newsroom/REG-148500-12%20FR.pdf

Page 56.

"Example 2. Married employee with dependents. Taxpayers B and C are married
and file a joint return for 2016. B and C have two children, D and E. In November
2015, B is eligible to enroll in self-only coverage under a plan offered by B’s employer
for calendar year 2016 at a cost of $5,000 to B. C, D, and E are eligible to enroll in
family coverage under the same plan for 2016 at a cost of $20,000 to B. B, C, D, and
E’s household income is $90,000. Under paragraph (e)(3)(ii)(A) of this section, B's
required contribution is B's share of the cost for self-only coverage, $5,000. Under
paragraph (e)(1) of this section, B has affordable coverage for 2016 because B’s
required contribution ($5,000) does not exceed 8 percent of B’s household income
($7,200). Under paragraph (e)(3)(ii)(B) of this section, the required contribution for C,
D, and E is B's share of the cost for family coverage, $20,000
. Under paragraph (e)(1)
of this section, C, D, and E lack affordable coverage for 2016 because their required
contribution ($20,000) exceeds 8 percent of their household income ($7,200)."

Thanks For Your Citation Jason,

Apparently some low information Marxist Tap Dancing Clowns sole "news" sources are low information "news" sources such as the Idaho Statesman, heavily edited press releases, and Obamunist talking points.

Who are those clowns, anyway?

You live in a split-level head?

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

Yes, but you should note the

Yes, but you should note the sentence below that as well, in which the required contribution is scaled to income! The higher number applies only to the very wealthy, which you
"conveniently" ignore!