Magazine article The New American

Idaho Nullification of ObamaCare Steams Ahead despite Media Attacks

Magazine article The New American

Idaho Nullification of ObamaCare Steams Ahead despite Media Attacks

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Idaho is widely considered to be a key state in the state nullification effort to stop the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" and the "Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010," the two-part federal law more commonly known as ObamaCare. Last year the state's Republican-controlled Legislature passed, and Republican Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter signed, the Health Freedom Act, directing the Idaho Attorney General to sue the federal government over an ObamaCare provision that requires citizens either to purchase health insurance or face a fine--and, possibly, even jail. Idaho joined more than a dozen other states in a joint lawsuit challenging the federal law on constitutional grounds that Congress had exceeded its enumerated powers. All told, 27 states have filed lawsuits to prevent imposition of the sweeping federal legislation upon their citizens. The lawsuits, however, may drag on for years, by which time much of the foundation of ObamaCare may be laid, providing the program with a momentum and a large political constituency that will be difficult to overcome.

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The nullification effort is aimed at preventing ObamaCare from being initiated in a significant number of states, by having the state governments utilize the principle of "interposition"--interposing themselves between the federal government's unconstitutional mandates and the citizens. Idaho's Gov. Otter spoke strongly against ObamaCare in January in his State of the State address, and specifically mentioned that Idaho is looking at the nullification approach. …

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