HB117 Opposing Obamacare Passes House Committee 15-4

After four hours of testimony yesterday and 2 1/2 more today, the House State Affairs Committee voted to send HB117 to the House floor with a "do pass" recommendation. Concern by opponents was expressed that the constitutionality issue was undecided because of a split between the courts, and that Idaho should not rely on a Judge in Florida. I pointed out that as a plaintiff in the Florida suit, Idaho is entitled to rely upon the decision of the court in its case. Furthermore, if Idaho is bound by courts in Montana and Oregon which do not have jurisdiction over Idaho regarding what Idaho does with wolves, salmon and forests, then Idaho is also entitled to claim the same against the federal government in its Florida case. Since the the issue involves federal law, venue is appropriate in Florida and the Federal government is bound by the decision as to the plaintiffs in that case. Rep. Erik Simpson pointed out that the federal government was found in contempt recently in Louisiana for failing to follow an order of a federal court related to the oil spill, and that even as we spoke the Christian Science Monitor was reporting that the federal government was proceeding with 6,000 pages of regulations implementing Obamacare. Bottom line is that Idaho has a a valid decision declaring Obamacare unconstitutional and the committee decided the best policy is not to implement a law that has been declared unconstitutional.


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