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Stop Health Care Exchanges in Idaho

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Whereas, the Idaho Legislature overwhelmingly passed the Idaho Healthcare Freedom Act of 2010, under the power of the 9th and 10th Amendments to the US Constitution, which reads in part, “every person within the state of Idaho is and shall be free to choose or decline to choose any mode of securing health care services without penalty or threat of penalty by the federal government of the United States of America.”; and Whereas, providing healthcare or health insurance is not the proper role of government as it is the function of the free market along with the work of local churches and charities; and, Whereas, it is difficult to know the full extent to which Idaho small business employers will be adversely impacted by the implementation of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which is likely to result in increased unemployment and business closures; and Whereas, the federal government’s debt is a national security threat and the ongoing European debt crisis is proof that the Welfare State is by its very nature unsustainable; and, Whereas, the PPACA authorizes subsidies for those individuals enrolled in “an exchange established by the state under (Section) 1311” but has no similar language authorizing the subsidizing of individuals within the federal exchanges; Whereas, the expense and logistics of federal-based insurance exchanges for such states make the national implementation of PPACA less likely; and Whereas, although the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) grants Health & Human Services (HHS) a nearly unlimited budget to fund state-created exchanges, it provides no funding for creating federal exchanges which means that, if a significant number of states decline to run exchanges themselves, HHS will have to either go back to Congress for additional funding which is not likely to be forthcoming with a GOP Congress or HHS must find other means elsewhere; and, Whereas, at least twenty-five other states have informed the federal government that they will not implement state-based insurance exchanges; and not writing an Idaho Health Care Exchange along with other states could have the effect of forcing Congress to reopen and possibly repeal PPACA; Whereas, in 2008 the Idaho Legislature passed a law directing the Idaho Transportation Department and Board to not implement the Real ID Act, and twenty-four additional states, either through statute or legislative resolution, rejected the act or said they would not comply with Real ID, and 15 states have laws prohibiting compliance with Real ID, thus preventing the implementation of the Real ID Act; and Whereas, the Idaho Legislature will be called upon to enact legislation establishing a state-based health insurance exchange, and to appropriate funds to do so; Therefore be it resolved, that that as a citizen of Idaho do respectfully urge the 2013 Idaho Legislature uphold the Idaho Healthcare Freedom Act of 2010. Therefore be it further resolved, that the I, a citizen of Idaho, do hereby respectfully urge the Idaho Legislature to reject implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in its entirely, and specifically to reject implementation of the Idaho health insurance exchange or appropriating funds

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